Saturday, January 5, 2008

Year One - Another Anti-Bible Film Coming to a Theatre Near You

During an interview with, Jack Black spilled the beans on the new Judd Apatow (40 Year-Old Virgin)/Harold Ramis (Caddyshack) project Year One:
Year One is a biblical comedy. It’s about the old testament. I’m just a dude wandering through biblical times. I’m not a famous character that you would have heard of before. Me and Michael Cera are just sort of wandering through, and you get to see all these old stories from the Torah, told through Agnostic, sort of, eyes.” - Jack Black
The Old Testament through the eyes of an agnostic (read secularist) - yeah, there's a huge need for that. Since they'll be thumbing through the Old Testament looking for punchlines, maybe they'll come across this little ditty:
"How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?" - Proverbs 1:22*
According to / the script, penned by Ramis and The Office writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg was completed prior to the writer's strike. This means the film will head into production without rewrites. While there is some talent on the project, working without rewrites may make this thing worse than it already is.

Given that Ramis has referred to himself has being "Buddhish". I'm not sure if he's being non-committal or if he's crossing Buddhism and Judaism - either way it's screwy. Given that he's at the helm, It is highly unlikely this will have any reverence for The Word.

The film is slated for release in June of 2009.

* The word "simple" here indicates a wicked or morally confused person - not a moron...although those things usually go hand in hand.

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EegahInc said...

Two words... Wholly Moses! After reading the synopsis of Year One, that old Dudley Moore flop is all I can think of. Except with a lot more fat jokes and toilet humor since Nacho Libre is invovled.

Michelle Obama's Left Nut said...

Funny you should say that - I actually deleted a line from this post where I likened this to Wholly Moses and Life of Brian.