Sunday, 9 January 2011

Goliath to Earn a Hollywood Epic

  News this week came that a new action film of Biblical proportions (literally, Biblical) is in the pipeline to be made by The Day The Earth Stood Still director Scott Derrickson: Goliath.

  Derrickson will be aided by producers from Relativity Media and Temple Hill productions, who have played with Biblical film before with The Nativity Story, in a film which will aim to live up to the go-to period action film, 300, in a way which others such as Clash of the Titans didn't really succeed in.  I hope it does but, more than that, I hope it accurately and effectively tells the story of David and Goliath, similar to other Hollywood Biblical films such as The Passion of the Christ.

  The story of David and Goliath (found in 1 Samuel 17) shows us how David stepped out in faith to face up to someone who was taunting God and ridiculing His power.  David's faith came from the grace and mercy that he had experienced from God in his life leading up to this moment and, thinking on that, allowed him to be sure of victory against all odds.  It's a good story but a great inspiration for Christians who are facing huge obstacles in life.

  I hope this film doesn't become an all-out action epic, as good as that may be, as the nature of the story deserves the best.  Derrickson and friends, please don't skimp on the reason we know this story and the reason this event happened: 'so the whole world would know that there is a God'.