When it comes to Bible stories, Hollywood likes to play favorites. The upcoming Christian Bale-starring epic Exodus: Gods and Kings will be the latest in a long line of high-profile onscreen adaptations of the Old Testament’s Moses story, including Charlton Heston’s Ten Commandments and the 1998 animated hit Prince of Egypt. Earlier this year, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah became the third screen adaptation of the Biblical Noah’s Ark story in the last 15 years. The many films about the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus merit their own category page on Wikipedia.
But when’s the last time anybody made a big-budget feature film about Jonah, who was swallowed by a whale, then spit out alive on the shore of Nineveh three days later? Or Mary Magdalene—or even David and Goliath? There’s an abundance of compelling Bible stories without their own epic-proportioned film adaptations, so I asked some religion scholars which other Biblical characters’ stories deserve to be told on the silver screen. Here’s what they suggested. READ FULL STORY