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Steven Spielberg being sought by Warner Bros to direct Moses epic Gods and Kings

09.29.2011

An epic tale requires an epic director, and few things are more epic than either Moses or Steven Spielberg.

The project at hand is called GODS AND KINGS, a film that will tell the life story of Moses (including the Exodus from Egypt, the Ten Plagues, the Burning Bush, and the escape through the Red Sea), and according to Deadline, Warner Bros is courting Spielberg to direct off a Michael Green and Stuart Hazeldine script (Hazeldine is also behind Alex Proyas' upcoming PARADISE LOST).

Despite the image I used above, the film will not be a remake of Cecile B. DeMille's 1956 epic THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, a picture that also covered much of the same ground. GODS AND KINGS is instead based on the Book of Exodus and other stories from the Bible's Old Testament, as well as on a treatment originally written by Matti Leshem.

As for The Bearded One (Spielberg that is), while he has reportedly read the Green/Hazeldine script, Deadline is quick to note that the chances of Spielberg signing on are always rather slim due to a number of factors: complex contractual deals, the director's busy schedule, and the fact that Warner Bros would inevitably have to share the film with DreamWorks. Nevertheless, a discussion between the two parties is expected to happen soon.

Would a Moses epic directed by Spielberg be something you'd wanna see?
Extra Tidbit: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS was a box office juggernaut back in the day grossing $65 million, which would actually be close to $1 billion today after inflation.
Source: Deadline

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1:51AM on 09/30/2011
Saw Warner Bros. and Spielberg in the title and I couldn't help but remember when Spielberg was producing Saturday morning cartoons with Warner. Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, Pinky & The Brain. Awesomely under-recognized as part of Spielberg's creative career.
Saw Warner Bros. and Spielberg in the title and I couldn't help but remember when Spielberg was producing Saturday morning cartoons with Warner. Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, Pinky & The Brain. Awesomely under-recognized as part of Spielberg's creative career.
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1:01AM on 09/30/2011
Who's still waiting for these religious propaganda films these days? I hope Spielberg doesn't go anywhere near this shit.
Who's still waiting for these religious propaganda films these days? I hope Spielberg doesn't go anywhere near this shit.
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5:55PM on 09/29/2011
I am hoping they go beyond pass the ten commandments because that is where the story gets really interesting....to see the ark move under the cloud, the wars it goes through, etc. There is so much of the story that hollywood only ends at the ten commands and stops.
I am hoping they go beyond pass the ten commandments because that is where the story gets really interesting....to see the ark move under the cloud, the wars it goes through, etc. There is so much of the story that hollywood only ends at the ten commands and stops.
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8:33AM on 09/29/2011

Only Jewish Hero?!?

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8:32AM on 09/29/2011

Moses Story Overdone

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8:10AM on 09/29/2011

Thats it???

I was hoping some studio might release a statement like this:
We are rebooting the Bible. We want to give a whole modern feel that can connect the young audience....
I was hoping some studio might release a statement like this:
We are rebooting the Bible. We want to give a whole modern feel that can connect the young audience....
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7:37AM on 09/29/2011
Nothing can beat these classic movies. For me, The Ten Commandments is a classic movie because of it's special effects - it looks real and overwhelming. I bet if they want to make this kind of movies nowadays they'd probably go with CGI all over the place. Let Classic movies stay Classic.
Nothing can beat these classic movies. For me, The Ten Commandments is a classic movie because of it's special effects - it looks real and overwhelming. I bet if they want to make this kind of movies nowadays they'd probably go with CGI all over the place. Let Classic movies stay Classic.
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6:21AM on 09/29/2011
There´s little else to tell about this story. And wasn´t Spielberg himself involved into the making of "Prince of Egypt" a movie wich, despite those awful songs, was a good flick.
There´s little else to tell about this story. And wasn´t Spielberg himself involved into the making of "Prince of Egypt" a movie wich, despite those awful songs, was a good flick.
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6:15AM on 09/29/2011
Moses? That's Harry Potter for old people, aye? Is the world ready for a Moses franchise reboot?
They might have to "add more edge" for today's kids: 'Moses and the iPad of God'.
"This isn't your grandfather's Moses!"
Moses? That's Harry Potter for old people, aye? Is the world ready for a Moses franchise reboot?
They might have to "add more edge" for today's kids: 'Moses and the iPad of God'.
"This isn't your grandfather's Moses!"
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10:22AM on 09/29/2011
I wish somebody had the balls to make that movie. An edgy modern Moses movie. It's so stupid it's brilliant.
I wish somebody had the balls to make that movie. An edgy modern Moses movie. It's so stupid it's brilliant.
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4:10AM on 09/29/2011
Isn't Spielberg jewish?
Isn't Spielberg jewish?
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5:01AM on 09/29/2011
Meaning what, exactly? Moses is as Old Testament as you can get.
Meaning what, exactly? Moses is as Old Testament as you can get.
7:11AM on 09/29/2011
Seriously? The whole concept of Moses and his life's work is about the fact that he's Jewish, freed Jewish slaves, matzah was invented, Jewish high holidays were invented... I mean, seriously? Also- how did you not know Spielberg was Jewish? SHOA foundation, Schindler's List- HE'S STEVEN SPIELBERG, IT DOESN'T GET ANY MORE JEWISH IN HOLLYWOOD!!!!
Seriously? The whole concept of Moses and his life's work is about the fact that he's Jewish, freed Jewish slaves, matzah was invented, Jewish high holidays were invented... I mean, seriously? Also- how did you not know Spielberg was Jewish? SHOA foundation, Schindler's List- HE'S STEVEN SPIELBERG, IT DOESN'T GET ANY MORE JEWISH IN HOLLYWOOD!!!!
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