Warner Brothers Picks Up Futuristic Samson and Delilah Pitch
by Alex Billington
January 27, 2009
Warner Brothers has signed a seven-figure deal to acquire a pitch for a story called Samson, a futuristic retelling of the biblical Samson and Delilah story. The pitch and screenplay will be written by Scott Silver, of The Mod Squad and 8 Mile previously as well as the upcoming Fighter. Warner Brothers has also set Francis Lawrence of Constantine and I Am Legend, as the director on the film. Erwin Stoff, of Constantine, A Scanner Darkly, and Street Kings previously, will produce through 3 Arts Entertainment. WB won the bidding battle in hopes of turning the big idea in this into a tentpole film where the "concept is the star."
Samson is a Herculean figure, who is granted tremendous strength through the Spirit of the Lord to combat his enemies and perform heroic feats unachievable by ordinary men. He eventually falls for a woman named Delilah, who betrays him when the Philistines convince her to tell them the secret of his strength. He finally tells her that he will lose his strength if she cuts off his hair, which she does, and subsequently he does lose his strength and is captured. How this story can be made futuristic, I really don't know? Either way, I wish Silver and Lawrence and Stoff the best of luck on this. Maybe it will be the next big thing?