WB Developing 'Gods and Kings' Moses Epic, Want Spielberg to Direct
If only, but I doubt this will happen. Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros is in development on a new project titled Gods and Kings, an "epic-sized film" about life of Moses. The screenplay they're working from is by Michael Green ("Everwood", "Kings", Green Lantern) and Stuart Hazeldine (Exam, Paradise Lost, The Tripods) and covers the life of religious figure Moses, who wrote (down) the Ten Commandments and the Torah. The most interesting aspect is that WB is "courting" the one and only Steven Spielberg to direct, he's already read the script and "there will be a discussion" about it. Now that would be epic to see.
Obviously none of this is set in stone (apt choice of words this time, if I can say) yet and Spielberg has so many projects on his plate, from Lincoln coming up next to Robopocalypse following that, not to mention The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse both being released this Christmas season. But it's more than just talk if they're even taking a meeting and Spielberg has gone so far as to read the script, but maybe he'll just produce in the end. While there are a few other biblical epics in the works, like Darren Aronofsky's Noah, it's worth noting that Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 The Ten Commandments was "one of the most profitable films of its era, grossing $65 million in the 1950s, which is close to $1 billion if adjusted for inflation." Impressive.
Almost everyone should already be familiar with Moses, the religious leader, lawgiver and prophet known in many religions. Gods and Kings is based on the Book of Exodus and other stories from the Old Testament, with a treatment originally by Matti Leshem, who is producing with WB's Dan Lin. The story will span the entire life of Moses, which includes his awakening to the plight of the Hebrew slaves that led Moses’ struggle against the Pharaoh for their freedom out of Egypt; the Ten Plagues; the Burning Bush; the daring escape across the Red Sea; receiving the Ten Commandments, and delivery to Israel. That definitely sounds epic, but they obviously need a director with storytelling sensibilities like Spielberg to handle this. Thoughts?