Morgan Freeman has the answers. The actor and host of National Geographic Channel’s The Story of God recently spoke with Deadline about season two of the documentary series.
In the show, Freeman explores global cultures and their beliefs, attitudes, and practices relating to God and higher powers.
In the interview, Freeman said the idea for the series came from a trip to the Hagia Sophia:
My producing partner, Lori McCreary and I were in Turkey and we were at the Hagia Sophia. We were looking at all of the frescos, and it was so many stories of Christianity and Jesus. [We asked], “So this was originally a church, and then in about 1935 it turned over to a mosque and then it was a museum, right? The frescos–when it became a mosque, did they cover them? Did they paint over them?” They said, “No, no, no. Jesus is part of Islamic history.” So in Islam, Jesus is another of the prophets. There’s the realization that as much as you think you know, this information is just totally new to you. We said, “How much more don’t we know?” But we didn’t go back home and say, “Let’s do a show about it,” or anything like that.”
When asked about season two, Freeman said it will focus on ideas of death, redemption, and reincarnation:
But I do have three major subjects that we’re going to examine, and they all again have to do with us and God, death, redemption, and a form of reincarnation that we all embrace, which is the idea of what happens when you die, and where do you go?”
What do you think? Have you seen The Story of God? Will you watch season two?