After a week off at the box office, movie goers are prepped for the Holiday Movie Season to continue! The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I’s box office dominance is set to be challenged this week by the new hottest trend in blockbusters: The Old Testament.

From director Ridley Scott, Exodus: Gods and Kings, is the biblical story of Moses and has been called the reimagining of Cecil B. DeMille’s classic, The Ten Commandments. Similarly to The Ten Commandments, the special effects are going to steal the show. The trailers don’t scrimp on giving the audience a glimpse of the parting of the Red Sea or the plagues that sweep over Egypt as (spoiler alert) Ramses II refuses to free the 600,000 slaves Moses is out to save.

Like comic books and young adult fiction before it, the cinematic trend of adapting the Bible is looking like the new tentpole for movie studios. As Noah did earlier this year, Exodus is attempting to add a hint of realism to a familiar biblical story, pitching it as more of a historical epic than a morality play. If the box office returns on Exodus cover the $140m budget, I would expect to get another Old Testament story being retold before too long.

What’s It About: The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

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