Earlier this week, news broke that Ricky Gervais would team with “Dexter” showrunner Clyde Phillips to create “Afterlife,” a show about an atheist who dies and goes to heaven. The two are currently writing the pilot, with plans to film in early 2012. And Gervais, an outspoken atheist, will play God. He writes:
He’s a slightly different God to the one you may have seen in Bruce Almighty and other Hollywood films. He’s an arrogant, wisecracking son of a bitch, who thinks he’s the best thing since sliced bread… Actually he thinks he’s the best thing ever because… well, he is. (He invented sliced bread by the way.) He also loves welcoming atheists to heaven with a smug grin on his face.
He likes atheists deep down though. Or rather he likes good atheists. He admires the fact that they were moral people even though they didn’t believe they would ever be rewarded with everlasting life.
I’m sure this will be warmly received by religious groups. Devout people are always so jovial about different interpretations of God. You ever met a born-again southern Baptist? Great senses of senses of humor.