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?
Reader Feedback - 11 Comments
Ridley Scott's Moses going up against Arfonsky Noah should be interesting. I am not religious but interested in seeing these tales being told on screen in a re imagining. I am sure many will be offended by the changes
Steven Morgan on Jun 4, 2012
Let my people go!
Davide Coppola on Jun 4, 2012
For a fictional character, he's pretty interesting. Should be a good popcorn flick.
Zanpher on Jun 4, 2012
It's definitely going to be a popcorn flick! A fictional story with a talking bush on fire, The Red Sea turning blood red (it's algae), the parting of water, etc. This will be a visual efx extravaganza!
TheTruth on Jun 4, 2012
I must say, I'm happy to see the Bible translated onto the big screen and be of interest to such amazing filmmaking talent. I just hope that the majority doesn't write it off as "fictional" or "religious" garbage. I don't like to call people like Moses "characters" because the would imply that he was fictional and I believe that is not the case. Anyway, very excited. : )
Lamar on Jun 4, 2012
You can also beleive that the characters of Wrath of Titans are real, or even Batman. Its all abaout faith, you know?
JM on Jun 5, 2012
Scott should retire (after seeing Prometheus)
Sebastiaan Vos on Jun 5, 2012
Was it really that bad, reviews have never been this mixed in a while. Some say it is just a shallow light show and other seem to say it is philosophical enough and deep enough
Steven Morgan on Jun 5, 2012
Maybe you should keep your misguided opinions to yourself as Prometheus is a stunning film as is the magic man himself.
macatae on Jun 5, 2012
it might be weird that they are making two Moses projects
justsayin on Jun 5, 2012
Give me Robin Hood 2!
Steve on Jun 5, 2012
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