Cohl’s Next Bet: The Bible

After all the suffering over cast injuries, show delays and soaring costs for “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark,” it’s hard to imagine Michael Cohl would be itching to dive into another stage production so soon.

But Cohl and director Philip William McKinley, who was brought in to replace Julie Taymor on “Spider-Man,” already have another project up their sleeves with the upcoming “The Bible: The Beginning.”

McKinley is slated to direct the arena-sized production that will re-enact biblical stories including the creation, Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark and Moses’ parting of the Red Sea using music, song, dialogue, tumbling, fights and aerial stunts, according to Deadline Hollywood.

McKinley told the blog the idea for the production apparently came to him after a dinner with his actress friend Judy Kaye.

“I told her I’d done ‘The Ten Commandments’ and ‘Ben-Hur’ and she said, ‘Well, there’s nothing left but The Bible,’” he said. “The more I thought about it, I realized that we could take these stories that have big morality themes and put them in a style of contemporary performance.”

To that end, McKinley will get some help with set design from Ray Winkler and Mark Fisher, who’s designed everything from U2’s Space Station to Roger Waters’ productions of The Wall.

Cohl has reportedly already raised millions to launch “The Bible” in arenas in late 2012 or early 2013. The show is expected to debut in a U.S. arena and run for several months before hitting the road on tour.