: But I feel like we have threads here where everyone laughs at the idea of literal interprestations of, say, Noah's Ark, and I fear that this thread might extend a tone of "who would ever believe such a thing?" to the rest of Genesis.
FWIW, my primary reaction to this news is to wonder, "How are they going to pad out the story?" Because there simply isn't enough material in the first three chapters of Genesis to sustain a feature-length film. And given the nature of the story, there wouldn't seem to be many opportunities for introducing sidekicks or supporting characters or subplots or similar s-words.Paradise Lost
, of course, is an epic that stretches back BEFORE the opening chapters of Genesis, and it features a lot of drama between the angels and God and whatnot. But Genesis itself does not. (Heck, even the serpent is just that: a serpent. It is only later traditions that identified the serpent with one of the fallen angels.)
The question of "believability" is also an interesting one, given that filmmakers often act as though the medium compels them to be "realistic", etc. But who can say what a "realistic" take on a pre-fallen world would be? And yet whenever filmmakers TRY to do something more poetic or non-literal, it can often come across as kitschy or half-baked. (I don't remember What Dreams May Come
well enough to comment on it myself, but certainly many people seem to have found that film's vision of the afterlife ANYTHING but transcendent.)
A "poetic" take on the early chapters of Genesis could be sustained for a reel or two, I think, but once you stretch it out to feature length, and once you start looking for ways to expand the narrative, I think you're asking for trouble.
Which is not to say that it can't be done. I have never read Paradise Lost
, but I gather it's a classic, and it stands to reason that a film version of such an established text would have a good foundation to work from. But what are the makers of In the Beginning
going to do? How creative have they been in the past?
If the David Cunningham in question is the same one who made To End All Wars
etc., then his work to date has generally consisted of "realistic" or history-based stories, with the single exception of the children's fantasy The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising
-- which was a dud, but apparently it suffered from a lot of interference at the hands of Fox Walden. And who's making In the Beginning
, again? Oh, right, Walden.
I guess we'll just have to hope that it was the "Fox" part of Fox Walden that did all the interfering before, rather than the "Walden" part. Although many of Walden's other, non-Fox movies have also turned out rather iffy.
EDITED TO ADD: My bad. Walden is not actually behind this film; rather, one of the producers is a former executive at Walden who left the company after Fox got involved. I didn't read the original story closely enough.
Edited by Peter T Chattaway, 15 March 2010 - 12:43 PM.