By Alison Willmore | Indiewire January 12, 2014 at 1:53PM
WGN America, which will launch its first original scripted series "Salem" this year, is getting into business with the Weinstein Company via "Ten Commandments," a 10-part scripted series that will, anthology-style, feature 10 filmmakers over 10 nights each taking on a different commandment and giving it a modern day interpretation, a la Krzysztof Kieślowski's "The Decalogue."
The network announced five of the 10 filmmakers who are committed to directing episodes: Gus Van Sant, Lee Daniels, Jim Sheridan, Wes Craven and Michael Cera. Bruce Cohen ("Silver Linings Playbook") and Bob Weinstein will produce.
"Each of these directors is acclaimed for their own unique brand of style and genre, so it's clear that we can expect 10 wildly different episodes from this series," said Bob Weinstein. "With each helmer choosing his or her own creative team, it will be exciting to see their visions come together," added Cohen.
"I'm extremely excited to become part of this project. Working with Bob and Harvey has been a huge part of my career for more than a decade, and this project absolutely fascinates me," said Craven. "The chance to put my own personal spin in a contemporary manner on these ancient commands is priceless, as is the chance to work alongside so many other directors whose work has inspired me over the years."
"The opportunity to express my own creative vision of a Commandment is an exciting challenge I was immediately drawn to," said Daniels. "I'm excited to be working with Bruce Cohen and the Weinstein Company again!" "I have great respect for most of the Ten Commandments, and I look forward to keeping within the rules as best I can," added Sheridan.