Friday, June 3, 2011

Books of the Bible I want to see made into big-budget movies: Nehemiah

I was scheduled last week in my Bible reading to read the Book of Nehemiah.  It's a relatively short book (4 chapters, if I remember correctly), and a relatively simple story:

- Nehemiah hears that Jerusalem's gates and walls have been destroyed.
- Nehemiah takes off work (as the king's cupbearer) to help his brethren rebuild.
- They are successful.

But if you dig deeper, there's a lot more to the story than that.  The Israelites face opposition, and band together as a community to fight it.  It's like "Remember the Titans", but with masonry instead of football.

There's even a part where Nehemiah sets out on his journey home only to have to turn around and find another route, because the animal (probably a donkey) he was riding couldn't pass through.  That could be a comedy scene.

Now, for this movie, you'd need a strong male lead for Nehemiah, someone who can play an outcast-turned-leader, but with charm, and humor.  My personal vote would be for Nathan Fillion, a.k.a. "Captain Malcolm Reynolds".

But I know these Hollywood types, and they'll probably want Matthew McConaughey.

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