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Nikki Finke reports that Hollywood is getting ready to retell the biblical story of Moses in a big way. In fact, Hollywood’s Steven Spielberg is said to be accepting the directorial role on this epic film project with relish.
Wrote Deadline Hollywood in a breaking news exclusive, yesterday: “Steven Spielberg is near to etching in stone with Warner Bros on that biopic portraying the Jewish leader, Moses, as the warrior to beat all warriors. With a working title of Gods And Kings, what’s envisioned is “a movie like a Braveheart-ish version of the Moses story,” an insider tells us. “Him coming down the river, being adopted, leaving his home, forming an army, and getting the Ten Commandments.” And despite the awesome screen possibilities of the parting of the Red Sea, the movie isn’t being contemplated in 3D. Back in 1956, Paramount released The Ten Commandments in VistaVision to give moviegoers a more spectacular experience of scenes like that. But this film is as far from a remake of the Cecile B. DeMille-directed epic as you can get even though they cover similar ground. Instead Warner Bros wants Spielberg to direct it with the gritty reality of Saving Private Ryan, which is considered a masterpiece redefining battle movies. ”There have been glossy versions of the Moses story but this would be a real warrior story,” an insider tells us.
The studio has wanted Spielberg on the project since last September when he first read the script. (See previous, Warner Bros Goes To The Mountaintop For Moses Epic.) Getting Spielberg seemed a long shot because his deals are always complex and his dance card is always full. Talks intensified, and now insiders tell us the dialogue should consummate by the end of the month. Warner Bros wants to start production sometime in March or April of 2013. Producer Matti Lesham came to the studio with a treatment that was bought for development. The film is being produced by Dan Lin and Lesham. The two writers are Stuart Hazeldine (the upcoming epic Paradise Lost for Legendary/Warner Bros and inspired by the John Milton poem) and Michael Green (co-writer of Warner Bros’ Green Lantern and the upcoming ABC midseason series The River for Spielberg”. It’s the first time they’ve scripted together.
Spielberg just finished directing Lincoln and is already working on Robopocalypse: both are DreamWorks pics co-financed by Twentieth Century Fox. Spielberg wants a big film next and this is it: Ten Commandments was one of the most profitable films of its era, grossing $65 million in 1956 — which in today’s dollars is equivalent to close to $1 Billion theatrical. Spielberg helmed another seminal Jewish movie, Schindler’s List which won seven Oscars at the 66th Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. He was just overlooked for a Best Director nomination on Tuesday for War Horse even though it received a Best Picture nod.”
The Huffington Post also reporting on this Spielberg-Moses story paraphrasing Finkke (without giving her a credit) but added: “Kings” is just one of many projects focusing on B.C. figures: Darren Aronofsky is working on his Noah‘s Ark film, while Mel Gibson has been planning his own biblical-times epic about Judah Maccabee. That film would also set up at Warner Bros., should it ever get off the ground.
What this means for Indiana Jones 5 remains to be seen, but if Spielberg does sign on for Gods And Kings, it would likely push any further Indy adventure into 2014 at the earliest.”
My commentary: In terms of movie markets, at least a third of the world would be interested in seeing the Moses story. Moses delivering his people out of Egypt is the story of breaking the hold of slavery on his people. It is the story of seeing divine intervention delivering a people from a system of greed and inequality. It is the story of miracles. Of signs and wonders accompanying a people with a purpose being set free.
At the end of the day, God wrote the original script. Spielberg will do a great job directing this film from his own culture’s history. The big question is? Who will play Moses?
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