As we scooped in November, WGN America this morning officially announced that it has teamed with the Weinstein Company for a Ten Commandments 10-part event series from Oscar-winning producers Bruce Cohen (Silver Linings Playbook, American Beauty) and Bob Weinstein. The plan was for each episode to be helmed by a different A-list director, focusing on one commandment and its modern interpretation. Now WGN and the Weinstein Co. have set five of those filmmakers, and they are Gus Van Sant, Lee Daniels, Jim Sheridan, Wes Craven and Michael Cera. “We are thrilled and honored to have filmmakers of this caliber as a part of this ambitious project, and thank Bruce Cohen and The Weinstein Co. for bringing this diverse group of directors together,” said WGN America president Matt Cherniss. Added TWC co-chairman Bob Weinstein, “Each of these directors is acclaimed for their own unique brand of style and genre, so it’s clear that we can expect ten wildly different episodes from this series.” This marks the third series order for WGN America, following the straight-to-series pickups for drama Salem and Manhattan. In preparation for its reinvention as an original programming player, WGN America is undergoing a rebranding, introducing a new, more contemporary logo. (left)
Gus Van Sant, Lee Daniels, Jim Sheridan, Wes Craven & Michael Cera To Direct WGN America’s ‘Ten Commandments’ Series
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