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    Looking at film interpretations of the stories in the Bible - past, present and future, as well as current film releases with spiritual significance, and a few bits and pieces on the Bible.

    Thursday, March 26, 2009

    Warner Bros. to make Methuselah

    Variety reports that Warner Bros. have picked up Methuselah - to be produced by David Heyman and writen/directed by James Watkins. It doesn't appear that the film will be on the biblical character - it's billed as an action-adventure movie where the lead character ages "at a similarly slow rate" to the biblical patriach. So it sounds like this will be more along the lines of Highlander than anything else.

    Even so, given that the biblical Methuselah is reputed to have lived until he was 969 it's possible that the film might have some historical scenes to it, and, as the reason for his deccelerated aging has not yet been given, there remains the possibility that the film might yet link up with the Bible in some way. But given all that we are told in the bible is the following passage from Genesis 5:21-27, it seems unlikely:
    And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah...And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech.And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters. And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
    For what it's worth, a literal reading of the biblical chronology suggests that he died the same year as the flood. And, of course, such a reading would also contend that he died before his father. It will be interesting to see if either of those elements are reflected in the final film.


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