'Exorcism of Emily Rose' Director Takes on Biblical 'Goliath' Tale

January 7, 2011
Source: Heat Vision

David vs. Goliath

We've heard about projects of literally Biblical proportions in the form of adaptations of The Bible Code and a planned 300-like retelling of the story of Moses, and now another Biblical tale is headed to the big screen. Heat Vision reports director Scott Derrickson, behind The Exorcism of Emily Rose and the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, is set to helm Goliath, a period action movie based on the familiar tale of David vs. Goliath. While the movie is supposed to be set in historical times, it will have a contemporary feel not unlike 300 with a spirit that apparently embodies Bourne Identity. But, I'm not really sure what that means.

Anyway, our story begins with the warrior Goliath is sent to track down the foretold king of the Israelites as the young shepherd David suddenly finds himself in the middle of an epic chase and adventure that leaves him fighting not just for his own life, but for the very existence of his family and people. Of course the two forces meet in a huge battle as the underdog David is forced to match brawn with Goliath. The script comes from John D. Payne and Patrick McKay who don't seem to have any widely known previous work to their names. Personally, I see this as a film in the same vein as Clash of the Titans, and considering Derrickson's re-imagining of The Day the Earth Stood Still, I'm hoping he has better skill in the epic arena. Anyone interested?

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This script was a great read. This will hopefully be nothing like "Clash" (eww) if it remains true to the draft of the script I read.

Anonymous on Jan 8, 2011



McWilly on Jan 8, 2011


i was interested until i read this: "it will have a contemporary feel not unlike 300 with a spirit that apparently embodies Bourne Identity."................WTF does that mean?

Anonymous on Jan 8, 2011


That means it'll probably by hyper-stylized like 300 to feel "contemporary" and yet have a high-speed, adrenaline-filled "spirit" to it like Bourne Identity. Maybe Goliath goes on the run? These Hollywood descriptions are always wacky...

Alex Billington on Jan 8, 2011


possible, alex - i like the idea of the hyper -stylized feel of 300 but when they threw the bourne identity in there, that threw me. i think this story has great potential.

Anonymous on Jan 8, 2011


this story definitely has potential and i think the stylized "300" feel would be perfect.

Anonymous on Jan 8, 2011


David vs. Goliath was kind of dope... But if they wanted to make a epic 300 style movie from a character in the bible, Joshua actually led the Israelites into the promise land, and waged war with all the clans in that land, killing thousands in battles, even giants. It was all out mayhem. It was an all or nothing war. David, slings a rock at a giants head and knocks him down and then the movie ends? Are they going to show the rest of his life where drama gets wicked crazy? Because if they just show up until he kills Goliath, i guess that could be interesting, but they'd have to write up a bunch of epic bs to fill up this 2 hours before the showdown. Because there's almost nothing written about David before the showdown with Goliath other than he was the youngest or something of brothers, God chose him to be King and he herded sheep.

Roderick on Jan 8, 2011


They should use the Ancient Alien theory and make it a j/k. I want to see more ancient stories brought to the big screen. Especially, more Greek gods stories.

Chauncey on Jan 8, 2011


Where the heck can I read the script?

Oren on Jan 8, 2011



A5J4DX on Jan 8, 2011


omg! i swear to you joke! i came up with this idea a year ago!

Robert on Jan 9, 2011


IM not sure about this one, Biblical movies are normally bad.

Spindle on Jan 9, 2011


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