After reading Douglas Rushkoff’s Testament series, which ran for two years starting in 2006, you’ll never look at the Bible the same way again. Doug — who’s also a friend whose books I’ve written about regularly — takes stories from the Old Testament and juxtaposes them with a near-future, dystopian, science fiction thriller. The series begins with Abraham trying to sacrifice Isaac and leaps throughout the Torah for other narratives. Rushkoff’s thesis is that the stories of the Bible are always happening throughout human history and our own lives. The comic book medium in particular allows plenty of startlingly effective storytelling techniques.
Film can of course do similar things – perhaps by having the same actor portray multiple roles. Not unlike Bosch Fawstin’s The Infidel, the previous item on this beta version of the top 10 comics to be made into movies list, the provocative intellectual nature of the series makes establishment entertainment funding a long shot in the world of today.