Yes, piety is profitable and in more ways than one.
I must identify with you so that I am deemed worthy to be among you.
Over 76 % of Americans are christian so why are you attacking me all the time.
We are all entitled to our opinions, so will you shut up about your atheism.
Things along that line pretty well sum it up. Then some moron comes along claiming that if the Buybull said 2+2 = 5 he would believe it. This means he would be believing an obvious non-fact.
Why not, Michael Penn? They believe in non facts all the time.
Actually, if you think about it, the bibble is good marketing strategy for Hollywood. For one thing, you don't have to come up with an original idea for a movie. This saves money. You can use a dart board to pick which fable you want to bring to technicolor.
Two, you have a known group to which you can easily market your product. Much like a crack head or heroin junkie, they'll buy whatever you offer to sell them, and at a very good profit.
Three, get some A list actor to play the lead role of Moses, Abraham, Noah, Samson, or JC, and they'll flock to it in droves, which means your media coverage and advertising revenue skyrocket. All in all, an enterprise that has little risk and all the assurances of high dollar return.
Now, try to market a movie to atheists. You have to come up with an original idea, and a plot line to hold an intelligent and curious audience. This means an actual review of literature, and/or an original idea. And, one that does not necessarily have a happy ending.
Next, the media will either 1) ignore your film or, 2) have a firestorm against the 'religious intolerance' the film promotes (see The Last Temptation of Christ). And, recognizing that even bad press is still press coverage, it can result in limited distribution so as not to 'offend' the true believers who are in the majority of paying movie goers. More lost revenue.
Finally, good luck on getting a well known actor to star in it. They have their career to think about, and really don't want the negative publicity.
The bibble has been a sure fire money maker for Hollywood ever since the Klu Klux Klansman magically transformed into Jesus Christ in D.W. Griffith's 1915 film, Birth of a Nation.
You're right, movies playing to the majority's beliefs, no matter how reality-based or not, will have an instant accepting audience.
You can use a dart board to pick which fable you want to bring to technicolor.
There are plenty of stories of shocking sex, violence, misogyny, murder, and "gyno-sadism" (as Jonathan Kirsch describes it in The Harlot by the Side of the Road) that somehow don't get read from the pulpit or in Sunday school. The core audience for biblical epics would probably fiercely denounce those tales taken directly from their holy scripture!
...get some A-list actor to play the lead role...
Movies might be better if our culture idolized not superstar actors but screenwriters who bring powerful, original stories to the screen. (Loren and Pat mention a few, like Inception.)
Well put, Pat and Grinning Cat.
For finding just how incompletely the Christian bible is read in church, it turns out a magic phrase to google is "reverse lectionary". Here's one for the Episcopal Church as of a few years ago.
(In synagogues, the entire Torah is read in the course of either every year or every three years.)
The theory has it that you give the customers what they want. Problem is, the majority of the customers believe in the Tooth Fairy. So Hollywood gives the majority of customers the Tooth Fairy, while the potential atheist viewers, who still languish in the minority, take one look at the Tooth Fairy trailer and instantly reach for the Pepto.
Still, every now and then, something intelligent and original shows up to break the pattern. The last time I saw such a flick, Leonardo diCaprio was diving into people's dreams in Inception. Sadly, it seems that such movies are the exception rather than the rule. Can we hope that this trend changes as the population of the "nones" grows?
There are a few good ones out there, but you have to search. Two that come to mind are The Ledge with Terrence Howard and The Man From Earth with David Lee Smith. Compare their distribution with that of The Passion of the Christ. An anti-semetic, wife beating drunk can still make more money than a thoughtful director. In 1960, Inherit the Wind with Spencer Tracy did well at the box office. Times have changed though (for the worse), and I doubt Inherit the Wind would get the box office receipts it did back then.
I think it was you who introduced me to The Man from Earth, Pat. One neat film, designed to make people think ... which is probably why it wouldn't go over with the bible-bibblers...
I know from experience that film doesn't go over well with them, I loaned out my DVD copy to a couple of Xtians (one, a minister). I carefully explained that the movie was science fiction, and not to be confused for reality, though the historical and anthropological dialogue are reality. The explanation didn't seem to do a damned bit of good. All I heard was how it was an attack on religion, and the Xtian woman was intentionally portrayed to be a weak, unintelligent foil for the rest of the characters.
Anything that has the temerity NOT to agree with the BS amounts to "an attack on religion" to them. Poor ol' long-suffering christers! They can be critical about anything they want, but when someone turns a critical eye on christianity, They're Being PERSECUTED!!!