FX gets serious about bible study

Clooney, Soderbergh mount allegorical mini

FX is mixing church and slate, teaming with Section Eight principals George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh on a 10 Commandments-themed event miniseries.

Ambitious 10-hour project explores the spiritual and moral issues faced by modern America as interpreted by 10 different directors.

Clooney and Soderbergh are set to exec produce “The Ten Commandments” and will each helm an installment.

Each episode will center on one of the biblical laws put to the test in today’s climate. Since each hour will be written and conceived by separate helmers and writers, it is not likely that any of the stories or characters will cross over into other episodes.

Plan is for the stories to take place across contemporary America — set among different ethnicities, classes and religious persuasions — in order to paint a provocative portrait of today’s diverse society and its relationships to God and the idea of right and wrong.

The concept for “Ten Commandments” was dreamed up by longform senior VP Gerard Bocaccio and pushed through by entertainment topper John Landgraf, who will work with Section Eight to enlist top-drawer talent to helm each hour.

Project is already out to several directors, some of whom are expected to pen the scripts for their own hours. FX has committed to develop all 10 scripts.

Section Eight is exec producing its second HBO project, “Unscripted,” an improv comedy about three actors trying to make it in Hollywood. Skein bows in January.

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