Fox Takes on an Epic 300-Like Retelling of the Life of Moses
by Ethan Anderton
October 12, 2009
It looks like Hollywood is all out of books to adapt, because now they're looking to adapt stories from the book. That's right, the world's best-selling book of all time, the Holy Bible, is headed to the big screen in a big way. Or at least a part of it will end up there as Variety reports that former News Corp. president Peter Chernin will take on his "first significant film project acquisition" for Fox as he aims to deliver a "retelling of the story of Moses, from his near death as an infant to his adoption into the Egyptian royal family, his defiance of the Pharaoh and deliverance of the Hebrews from enslavement." Well aren't we modest?
Of course, this doesn't sound like it's going to be your grandparent's Moses, because the story (written by Accepted writers Adam Cooper and Bill Collage) was conceived in the same vein as Cooper and Collage's Moby Dick script, which was pitched as a re-imagining in the same style as Zack Snyder's 300. And it's that level of visual story-telling that will really bring out the true epic nature of the life of Moses. But who can we get to fill the shoes of this Biblical hero? Immediately my mind says Ian McKellen, but it's just too close to Gandalf, and Michael Gambon has the same issue playing Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films.
So instead, maybe someone like Christopher Plummer or even Max von Sydow could fill it out nicely. Either way, as soon as we know who's going to part the Red Sea, we'll let you know. Any other suggestions?