Christian Bale and Ang Lee Wanted for Two Different Moses Projects

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?

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i will fully endorse an asian moses....that sounds hysterical

Danimal on Mar 15, 2013


An Asian Moses would've made way more sense seeing as that part of the world had books and scholars at least while the Middle East was a desert filled with barbarians.

Matt Peloquin on Mar 15, 2013


I see your point....but those pyramidsssss....slightly more impressive than a book I must say, especially considering the lack of technology they had back then. That does go to say if you don't believe the "aliens built the pyramids" theory lol

Danimal on Mar 15, 2013



Matt Peloquin on Mar 15, 2013


The one with Spielberg sounded better, but what are you gonna do? Just basing this on their track records, but I'm more interested in Ang Lee's, although I prefer Scott as a director when he's in top form (which lately hasn't been the case). But to tell a story like that you need a sensitive director and Ang Lee definitely seems more apt somehow.

Davide Coppola on Mar 15, 2013


WB > Fox. Ang Lee > Scott.

Chris Groves on Mar 15, 2013


I've yet to see Life of Pi, but with that in mind I tend to disagree about Lee vs Scott. Typically I enjoy Scott's movies a lot more.

Phillip Gockel on Mar 15, 2013


Scott has always let me down...I was told Alien, Gladiator and BladeRunner were just flat out amazing...and while good, they didn't blow my mind. Prometheus was also a letdown...another 'good, not great' entry for him. Ang Lee, however, made one of the most under-rated and misunderstood comic book movies ever with Hulk 03, and made the utterly fantastic Lie of Pi, which is better than anything Scott has done in my book. Certainly at this stage in their careers, Lee is without a doubt better in my book

Chris Groves on Mar 15, 2013


Alien was brilliant, one of my favorite movies, still stands up to todays movies. Gladiator too was great, but I admit that I had to watch Blade Runner twice to get the full affect of it. I didn't hate Ang Lee's Hulk but The Incredible Hulk with Edward Norton was much better than Ang's. Each director has their ups and down. But to say Scott has always let you down, although your opinion, is hard to read.

$45974493 on Mar 15, 2013


Let me down relative to the 'promise' of greatness. Alien is a very good movie, I own it. I've seen every which version of Blade Runner, it's solid...but it didn't wow me, and I LOVE sci-fi. Gladiator in general is just bland. The way Scott shoots his films just kind of turns me off, aesthetically. Prometheus began with a lot of promise but unraveled as it went on. The character piece "Thelma and Louise" was a bit of a pleasant surprise...but again, nothing I'm DYING to watch again.

Chris Groves on Mar 15, 2013


After we got word Noah was on its way to be rebooted, I was curious how long it'd take before Moses was next.

JBrotsis on Mar 15, 2013


I'll be disappointed if these biblical epics aren't in 3D.

$126191 on Mar 15, 2013


Christian Bale!!! and gay director Ang Lee! wanna make Moses movies?!!! No GOD!

Bob on Mar 16, 2013


Fuck off homophobe

Linkfx on Mar 17, 2013


Moses films? Sorry, the world is a much bigger place than the 20th century. There are other legends from other cultures. International box office dominates now.

Legendary on Mar 16, 2013


why is moses never played by a jewish actor? I am christian but I wonder if jewish people are bothered when gentiles play jewish characters (brad pitt in IB, some of the main cast in munich like eric bana and daniel craig, etc etc).

Britain Roush on Mar 17, 2013


Honestly I'm excited for these Biblical flicks, the plots are epic and havent been seriously approached before

Zak Coleman on Mar 17, 2013

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