Ridley Scott Also Telling Biblical Story of 'Moses' for the Big Screen?
For a 74-year old man, director Ridley Scott is awfully busy. Prometheus, his long-awaited return to science fiction, opens in theaters this Friday, and both Alex and I thought it was fantastic. As talks of a Prometheus sequel potentially start heating up this weekend, Scott is also planning to reunite with Michael Fassbender for The Counselor next and there have even been whispers of the director helming a full-on western sometime soon. Now we can add a biblical story to the mix, as Scott told Esquire (via The Playlist) that he's been developing a project called Moses to direct. Does this man ever take a break? More below!
Here's what Scott had to say about the project:
"I've got something else in the works. I'm already doing it. It's called 'Moses.' Seriously, seriously. It's going to happen," he said. "I probably shouldn't have let that slip out. I'm not supposed to say anything. It's definitely in the cards, though. What's interesting to me about Moses isn't the big stuff that everybody knows. It's things like his relationship with Ramses [II, the pharaoh]. I honestly wasn't paying attention in school when I was told the story of Moses. Some of the details of his life are extraordinary."
The story of Moses has been told many times and in many different ways on film, from Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments (and his more famous remake with Charlton Heston) to the animated Prince of Egypt. Back in 2009 we heard that 20th Century Fox was working on its own Moses story in the vein of 300, so could this be the same project that Scott's talking about? We're not sure but it would definitely make sense, given the fact that Prometheus and The Counselor are both Fox movies.
Steven Spielberg is also currently attached to a Moses film at Warner Bros. called Gods and Kings, so it's possible that two of our most iconic working filmmakers could be developing their own individual biblical adaptations around the same time, since both have quite a few projects lined up in the coming years. We just might end up seeing dueling Moses movies in theaters sometime around 2015. Thoughts?