Many people associate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah with the holiday season, but few people know of the popular festival’s historical basis.
Now, the exciting story of the first Hanukkah will be told in an upcoming movie, based on a script written by Stephen Missick.
“167 years before the birth of Jesus Christ, the Syrian Greek tyrant Antiochus Epiphanes tried to exterminate the Jewish faith. Thousands of people were put to death because of their belief in the Holy Bible,” Missick said, “When all seemed lost suddenly a hero appeared who rescued the Jewish people from destruction. This hero’s name was Judah Maccabee. “Maccabee” means “Hammerer” in Aramaic. He was probably called this because of the way he hammered back the Greeks in order to bring deliverance to the Jewish people. Therefore I named the comic book adaptation that I wrote and illustrated “The Hammer of God.”
Stephen Missick is adapting his graphic novel “The Hammer of God” into a film entitled “Hanukkah: The Story of the Maccabees.”
“Hanukkah is an incredible story. It is you have a group of Jews with no weapons or military training who were able to defeat one of the strongest military forces of the time. I also think that it is a very relevant story with the threats to religious freedom around the world, even in the United States, and also the rise of anti-Semitism that we see,” Missick said.
Rev. Missick is partnering with WalkerCable Productions of Conroe, Texas to produce the movie. It is anticipated that the filming will be at Alamo Village at Brackettville, Texas. “There are several great sets in Brackettville that we can use for this movie and WalkerCable Productions have filmed there several times before. I have also acquired a wardrobe consisting of several screen used costumes that have been used in various “swords and sandals” movies.
Stephen Missick’s “Hanukkah: Comic and Coloring Book” and “Judas Maccabeus: The Hammer of God” are available from Amazon and other booksellers.
Kickstarter site is at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/360405228/hanukkah-the-story-of-the-maccabees