In the wake of the Noah film’s failure to resonate with Bible-believing moviegoers, new concerns are being raised about the new movie based in part of the life of Moses, as the so-called “Year of the Bible Movie” enters its final phase.
Part of the concern about EXODUS: Gods and Kings, which releases Dec. 12, is that director Ridley Scott has cast a child in the role of the voice of God. This comes on top of the kerfuffle raised by actor Christian Bale a few weeks ago when he characterized Moses, whom he plays in the film, as both “barbaric” and “schizophrenic.”
In early October, Faith Driven Consumer released the first wave of results from an extensive new national survey—conducted by partner research firm American Insights—detailing what EXODUS needs to do to be successful with the U.S. Christian (77% of U.S. adult population) audience. That research can be seen here.
Now, The Hollywood Reporter has a story featured on The Drudge Report detailing two points of significant concern: Scott reveals that the voice of God is played by a young boy, and a consultant to the film admits “they went off the biblical text” in making EXODUS.
“Each new detail on EXODUS diminishes our hopes that the film will resonate with faith and secular audiences alike,” said Chris Stone, founder of Faith Driven Consumer and certified brand strategist. “Consumers don’t object to filmmakers taking artistic license—they expect that—but they strongly object to deviations that fundamentally undercut the core biblical story and message.
“Using the voice of a child for God the Father is a primary example; it will likely offend millions around the world. It’s gross miscasting, the biblical equivalent of choosing an old woman to play Harry Potter. Fans would say, ‘Harry Potter is a young boy, why did you make that choice? I’m gonna sit this one out.’ Our research indicates EXODUS is no different.”
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SOURCE: Christian News Service