News Movies News | Written by Laura Potier 17/05/2022

From Westerns To Superheroes, Jeymes Samuel Sets Bible Epic As Next Project

Multi-hyphenate Jeymes Samuel, also known by his stage name The Bullitts, has announced his next directorial project. Via an interview in Deadline, The Harder They Fall filmmaker has set The Book of Clarence as his next outing, with LaKeith Stanfield starring as the titular Clarence in a movie "taking it all the way back to the Bible era."

"You remember those biblical epics, whether they were about the Bible or just taking place around it, from The Ten Commandments to The Greatest Story Ever ToldSamson and Delilah and Ben-Hur, which runs alongside all that stuff in the Bible? As will be The Book of Clarence, a full fun-filled extravaganza. It’s written and ready to go, and set in 29 AD," Samuel tells Deadline.

He goes on to explain: "Firstly, the Bible’s the biggest franchise in the world. The biggest superhero, the most famous superhero of all time is Jesus himself. But when I used to learn about those things when I was a kid, I used to say to myself, “Where did Jesus buy his sandals from? Did he walk around barefoot? Did he buy his clothes or did people just say, “Hey Jesus, wear this?”... Where did Mary Magdalene get her hair done?.. The Bible just gives you bricks. But the mortar you’re meant to fill in yourself... The Book of Clarence is all of that stuff. It’s a really awesome, awesome, awesome tale."

Samuel continues, calling The Book of Clarence "a wicked movie" (though one assumes, not literally). "What I’m looking for from you [the audience] in The Book of Clarence, is... the feeling you get when you first see the boulder chasing Indiana Jones. I promise, even the opening sequence, it’s such an original thing I’m doing with the opening sequence when the credits roll, and you’ll be eating your popcorn hopefully, and going, “I’ve never had this experience before.” It’s one of those. And you put Black people in there… I don’t want to give away too much. It’s going to be a really awesome, awesome movie."

Jeymes Samuel is currently in talks with studios, but says the project is ready to go. He is also re-teaming with Netflix to adapt the comic series Irredeemable from a screenplay by Kemp Powers, though it's unclear whether that or The Book of Clarence will end up being the director's next feature.