Warner Bros. Making Biblical Elder 'Methuselah' into a Survival Expert
Since Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan was such a surprise hit, it's no wonder Hollywood wants to follow in his footsteps with other tales from the Bible. Aronofsky's got Noah finally setting sail soon, Ridley Scott is working on a Moses movie, and now Variety reports that I Am Legend 2 writer Arash Amel has been hired to rewrite Methuselah, a film based on the biblical story of the oldest man who ever lived. He lived to be almost 1,000 years old, and this adaptation will depict him as a man who used that extended time on Earth to develop an "unparalleled set of survival skills." Skills that make him a nightmare for people like you?
The Woman in Black director James Watkins is set to direct the movie, and Amel has been hired to do a page one rewrite of Watkins' original script (I wonder how he feels about that?). Harry Potter mega-producer David Heyman is slated to produce Methuselah, so he'll bring some solid experience to the project. Interestingly, the Bible's oldest geezer was actually Noah's grandfather, so could we see an Avengers-style team-up between these two Old Testament figures? Not likely, but it's humorous to think about. I'm morbidly curious to see how they turn Methuselah into a Bear Grylls-esque survival expert, because this concept just sounds ridiculous to me. Thoughts?