Helmers to take command

Gus Van Sant and Nicole Holofcener have signed to direct installments of FX’s Section Eight-produced event series “The Ten Commandments.”

Ten-hour project explores the spiritual and moral issues faced by modern Americans as interpreted by 10 different directors. Each episode will center on one of the biblical laws put to the test among a cross-section of today’s different ethnicities, classes and religious persuasions.

FX teamed late last year with Section Eight principals and exec producers George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh (Daily Variety, Nov. 11) to tackle the ambitious concept. Clooney and Soderbergh will each helm episodes.

Cabler is still out to directors, some of whom are expected to pen the scripts for their own hours, and has committed to develop all 10 scripts.

FX project is not the first to try to put a contemporary spin on the Ten Commandments. HBO tried in 1998, working with Richard and Lili Fini Zanuck on “Decalogue,” an anthology of modern-day tales set in Los Angeles, each tying in to one of the laws. That, in turn, was inspired by Krzystof Kieslowski’s acclaimed 1989 mini of the same name.

Van Sant last wrote and directed the indie feature “Last Days,” inspired by the life and death of Kurt Cobain, and exec produced “Tarnation.”

Holofcener has helmed episodes of “Six Feet Under,” “Gilmore Girls” and “Sex and the City.” She wrote and directed the features “Lovely and Amazing” and “Walking and Talking.”

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