Christian Bale and Ang Lee Wanted for Two Different Moses Projects
by Ethan Anderton
March 15, 2013
While we haven't heard anything about Gods and Kings at Warner Bros., an epic-sized tale about Moses which Steven Spielberg was being eyed to direct, it sounds like Fox is eager to get moving on their own Moses project Exodus. Last summer, the project was revealed by director Ridley Scott who had been developing it to direct himself. The script comes from Accepted writers Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, which seems weird, and now Scott's American Gangster scribe Steve Zaillian has just completed a rewrite that has Fox moving fast to begin, and already looking to cast Christian Bale in the role of Moses. Read on!
Fox is hoping Scott can start work on the film right after he completes The Counselor starring Michael Fassbender. This doesn't seem like a project that we would've pinned Scott to direct. When the project was picked up in 2009, it was pitched as a 300 style reimagining of the familiar Biblical tale, and that just doesn't sound like something Scott would direct. Of course, a film with stylistic visual in the hands of Scott might be something really fantastic, especially if Bale ends up boarding. After all, the actor was once being lined up for Darren Aronofsky's Noah, so why not try another Bible story on for size?
As of now, this puts Warner Bros. at a bit of an advantage since Spielberg just recently fell away from Gods and Kings with Warner Bros. scrambling to see if they can get Ang Lee to take on the project. Supposedly the Life of Pi director, fresh off his Oscar win, is interested in the script, but hasn't had a real meeting just yet. Though both projects sound intriguing, I can't help but again point out just how frequently we're getting competing projects of the same nature, even if they are stylistically worlds apart. There are far more original stories out there that beg to be told. Wake up, Hollywood. Which Moses project sounds better?