NBC is set to release a new dramatic series in the next two or three months that seeks to bring a Bible story into contemporary genre. Kings is the story of Saul, David, Jonathan, etc., but placed in a fictional "parallel universe" that is entirely a part of the 21st century. From the little bit that can be seen in the promotional materials, some effort has been made to use names from the Old Testament. The name of the kingdom is Gilboa. The name of the king is Silas Benjamin. The hero is David Shepherd, a farm boy thrust into the middle of battle. Goliath is a type of enemy tank. But the technology is today. The social context is urban. There are no camels, robes or sandals.
It us unclear from the names of the names of the three producers that have been released that there is any connection or history with projects with an overtly religious connection. Before someone starts looking for a Christian connection, it should be remembered that the David story is primarily a Jewish story. It will be interesting to see if this project gets better ratings than the Revelation or Daniel TV series, and lasts longer. Clearly some of the decision makers in Hollywood have decided that Bible themes have enough value in the market to be worth this third attempt in recent years.
For more information: There is a two-page ad in the Dec. 29 issue of Time magazine. There is a copy of the news release from NBC and brief blog comments here and a promotional web site with a trailer DVD here.