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Ridley Scott wants Christian Bale to play Moses in his Biblical epic, Exodus

Mar. 15, 2013by:

Close one door and open another! Just on the heels of Steven Spielberg dropping out of his Bible movie GODS AND KINGS, Ridley Scott's project EXODUS is working to pick up a big star to part the Red Sea.

Deadline says that Scott and 20th Century Fox are seeking the talents of Bale to take on the role of Moses in the movie. Things are in the very early stages right now, but Scott wants this to be his next movie after THE COUNSELOR. The original script is currently getting a rewrite from Steve Zaillian who worked with Scott on AMERICAN GANGSTER.

Bale does have experience with Biblical roles having taking on the part of Jesus in the 1999 TV movie MARY, MOTHER OF JESUS. With Darren Aronofsky's NOAH starting a new trend of Bible based movies, I would expect EXODUS to happen and happen big. The question is whether the movie will be a traditional retelling or something unique. There has been a long history of epic Bible films coming out of Hollywood but nothing in recent years. Whether you truly believe in Judeo-Christian religions or not, EXODUS could be quite a project. I look forward to what Ridley Scott could produce given the right special effects and cast. This could be one cool movie.

Extra Tidbit: Which would you rather see: Ridley Scott or Steven Spielberg's Bible take?
Source: Deadline

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12:03PM on 03/16/2013

So NO sequel for Prometheus?

You know, like Robin Hood, after making a film that intentionally leads to / begs for a sequel (with even a serious talk about that), and then NOT doing it, it just gets annoying after the second time.

Also, where's the much talked about Blade Runner sequel / sidequel / spinoff whatever?

Anyway, although I'd much rather have the above mentioned ones than yet another retelling of Moses, If Bale is in, then so am I.
You know, like Robin Hood, after making a film that intentionally leads to / begs for a sequel (with even a serious talk about that), and then NOT doing it, it just gets annoying after the second time.

Also, where's the much talked about Blade Runner sequel / sidequel / spinoff whatever?

Anyway, although I'd much rather have the above mentioned ones than yet another retelling of Moses, If Bale is in, then so am I.
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7:49AM on 03/16/2013

What if

Instead of basing the movie on the Bible they went back to actual recorded Egyptian history. In 1800 BC or so Egypt was invaded by a group the Egyptians called the Hyksos (literally "rulers of foreign lands"in Egyptian). The Hyksos ruled the northern part of Egypt until about 1560 BC when Ahmose became Pharoah of all of Egypt. Ahmose became the leader in Thebes while he was still a child because his father and older brother had both died while fighting the Hyksos. About eight years into his
Instead of basing the movie on the Bible they went back to actual recorded Egyptian history. In 1800 BC or so Egypt was invaded by a group the Egyptians called the Hyksos (literally "rulers of foreign lands"in Egyptian). The Hyksos ruled the northern part of Egypt until about 1560 BC when Ahmose became Pharoah of all of Egypt. Ahmose became the leader in Thebes while he was still a child because his father and older brother had both died while fighting the Hyksos. About eight years into his reign as leader in Thebes he drove the Hyksos out of Egypt. Fighting went on for years after the Hyksos were driven out of Egypt. According to Ahmose's brother Kamose, the Hyksos originally came from Canaan (Syria) so Ahmose sent his army and navy to Canaan (Syria) to destroy their cities.
Now imagine if the Hebrews had been enslaved by the Hyksos, which they would have been if the Hyksos occupied territory from Syria all the way down Egypt. Ahmose then takes back Northern Egypt from the Hyksos and then goes on to destroy their cities in Syria. From the Hebrew point of view, Ahmose had just freed them from slavery.
I think it would be cool if a modern retelling of the Exodus avoided the anachronous details. (Ramses and Nefertiti were Egyptian rulers that appeared centuries later.) They could even keep some of the Biblical account in tact because there was a vocanic eruption on the island of Crete around 1600 BC and modern scientists claim that the ten plagues of Egypt could have been a result of ash from that volcanic eruption falling on Northern Egypt.
It bothers me that we can have an account of the Trojan War that completely dismisses the involvement of the Greek Gods and yet we can't have a movie about Egyptian history told from the point of view of the actual Egyptians. Instead we get a version of Egyptian history written by people a thousand years later in Israel and filled with not only anachronisms but also, frankly, mythological elements about a god taking vengeance against the people of Egypt.
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11:13PM on 03/15/2013
Spielberg is the better storyteller, his narrative structures are seamless whereas ridley tends to bite off more than he can chew. His stories feel a little disjointed sometimes. Having said that, ridley does have the technical proficiency to handle large scale projects, so this should be right in his wheelhouse. He's also quite hit and miss, but Spielberg consistently does good work.
Spielberg is the better storyteller, his narrative structures are seamless whereas ridley tends to bite off more than he can chew. His stories feel a little disjointed sometimes. Having said that, ridley does have the technical proficiency to handle large scale projects, so this should be right in his wheelhouse. He's also quite hit and miss, but Spielberg consistently does good work.
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7:55PM on 03/15/2013
Anyone else find it funny that Bale would be the second actor to play both Batman and Moses. Val Kilmer was the voice of Moses in The Prince of Egypt.
Anyone else find it funny that Bale would be the second actor to play both Batman and Moses. Val Kilmer was the voice of Moses in The Prince of Egypt.
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9:02PM on 03/15/2013
Good catch there!
Good catch there!
6:20PM on 03/15/2013
Patrick Bateman to Batman to John Connor to Moses.

Can't be any more diverse than that. I had no interest in this film, but if Bale signs on, so does my interest.
Patrick Bateman to Batman to John Connor to Moses.

Can't be any more diverse than that. I had no interest in this film, but if Bale signs on, so does my interest.
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4:59PM on 03/15/2013
It'll have to have a crazy interesting trailer to get me excited about this one. Ditto for Noah.
It'll have to have a crazy interesting trailer to get me excited about this one. Ditto for Noah.
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4:53PM on 03/15/2013
Sounds awesome the only bad part is your going to get all the haters of the Christian religion to come out and make snide little remarks and such. Christian Bale is gold though so if he eventually signs it is a great choice.
Sounds awesome the only bad part is your going to get all the haters of the Christian religion to come out and make snide little remarks and such. Christian Bale is gold though so if he eventually signs it is a great choice.
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8:00AM on 03/16/2013
That's like accusing Wolfgang Petersen of hating Greek mythology because he took out all the mythological aspects from the movie Troy. The fact is that the Bible is a work of fiction that may have partly been based on real events, just like other mythologies that people used to seriously believe in. It bothers some people that the History channel would represent mythological legends as actual history and now we're going to get theatrical movies following suit. This isn't people "hating the
That's like accusing Wolfgang Petersen of hating Greek mythology because he took out all the mythological aspects from the movie Troy. The fact is that the Bible is a work of fiction that may have partly been based on real events, just like other mythologies that people used to seriously believe in. It bothers some people that the History channel would represent mythological legends as actual history and now we're going to get theatrical movies following suit. This isn't people "hating the Christian religion"; this is people not wanting myths presented as actual history.
2:49PM on 03/17/2013
Well thats your opinion though I don't read the Bible literally but there is no reason to bash or make fun of others beliefs.
Well thats your opinion though I don't read the Bible literally but there is no reason to bash or make fun of others beliefs.
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4:47PM on 03/15/2013
Well I personally had no interest in either of the "Moses" movies, but damn it if Bale is in it I'll have to check it out.
Well I personally had no interest in either of the "Moses" movies, but damn it if Bale is in it I'll have to check it out.
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4:46PM on 03/15/2013
Will this be the sequel to Prometheus?
Will this be the sequel to Prometheus?
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4:17PM on 03/15/2013

hmm

As far as fictional characters go, Batman > Jesus/Moses any day
As far as fictional characters go, Batman > Jesus/Moses any day
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3:40PM on 03/15/2013
Ridley Scott over Spielberg any day!
Ridley Scott over Spielberg any day!
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