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Steven Spielberg in talks for Moses pic Gods and Kings

11.16.2011

We reported about two months back that Steven Spielberg was being sought to direct the Moses epic GODS AND KINGS for Warner Bros. 

Now it appears that all that seeking has turned into talking, and it looks like it could be a real potential project for him soon. Twitchfilm reports that Spielberg is in formal talks with the studio to direct the film now that WAR HORSE and TINTIN are done and will be released soon.

When you think of an "epic Moses" tale, it's hard not to have your mind immediately jump to Charlton Heston's THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. The story is full of supreme epicness from terrifying plagues to natural disasters, and has blockbuster written all over it, especially with our modern special effects that have been upgraded from the 1956 original.

Also in the film's corner is the massive financial potential a film like this has. An epic about the story of Moses would appeal to both Christian and Jewish audiences, and the Christian half of that was responsible for the huge success of THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, which earned enormous returns despite a hard R rating. I guess grotesque violence is only acceptable in movies when it happens to someone you worship? Also, when you sub in Spielberg for the far more controversial Mel Gibson, and you have a potentially massive cash cow on your hands.

Extra Tidbit: Commandment #11: Thou shall not reboot my divine story to make a profit by exploiting my followers.
Source: Twitchfilm

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8:27AM on 11/17/2011

Hell yes!

The Prince of Egypt is one of my favorite movies and easily my favorite animated film. Spielberg was the brains behind that if I remember correctly... A live action version would be simply amazing and with Spielberg behind the camera, I have no doubt it would be one of my favorites films...

Was not crazy about The 10 Commandments but I saw that after PoE and while it was obvious PoE got a lot of inspiration from it, I thought PoE was the better film.

But I sure hope this works out...
The Prince of Egypt is one of my favorite movies and easily my favorite animated film. Spielberg was the brains behind that if I remember correctly... A live action version would be simply amazing and with Spielberg behind the camera, I have no doubt it would be one of my favorites films...

Was not crazy about The 10 Commandments but I saw that after PoE and while it was obvious PoE got a lot of inspiration from it, I thought PoE was the better film.

But I sure hope this works out... would be the most excited I've gotten for a movie in... a loong time.
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2:56AM on 11/17/2011
Not all Christians have problems with violence in movies, Paul. Anyway, I'm up for anything Spielberg does and this could indeed be epic with the right approach.
Not all Christians have problems with violence in movies, Paul. Anyway, I'm up for anything Spielberg does and this could indeed be epic with the right approach.
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12:58AM on 11/17/2011
Personally, I do not like the idea of Spielberg directing a serious religious film. Indy's vague encounters with religious artifacts are one thing, but the story of Moses is about as blunt as it gets. I'd rather not see him go that route. I thought Always was already pushing it.
But of course the bearded one can do as he pleases. Should he go on to make the film, it will no doubt be a gem. Just not my cup of tea.
Personally, I do not like the idea of Spielberg directing a serious religious film. Indy's vague encounters with religious artifacts are one thing, but the story of Moses is about as blunt as it gets. I'd rather not see him go that route. I thought Always was already pushing it.
But of course the bearded one can do as he pleases. Should he go on to make the film, it will no doubt be a gem. Just not my cup of tea.
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3:54AM on 11/17/2011
I get where you're coming from, but Spielberg also made the punch in the gut 'Schindler's List', which obviously took place during the Holocaust, but he did it respectfully, however many liberties he took.
I get where you're coming from, but Spielberg also made the punch in the gut 'Schindler's List', which obviously took place during the Holocaust, but he did it respectfully, however many liberties he took.
10:32PM on 11/16/2011
Thumbs Up! I've been pleading w/ whatever powers that be? who peek into the site for inspiration etc etc for a film like this since 2003(?) over in Forum threads. MOSES = Matthew McConaughey (yea I know,versatility issues..but)AARON = Benicio Del Toro + let's get the Pharaoh and story a bit more correct this time = Pharaoh Ahmose and the Santorini volcano that started the chain reaction of plagues. Circa 1500-1600? B.C.E.
Thumbs Up! I've been pleading w/ whatever powers that be? who peek into the site for inspiration etc etc for a film like this since 2003(?) over in Forum threads. MOSES = Matthew McConaughey (yea I know,versatility issues..but)AARON = Benicio Del Toro + let's get the Pharaoh and story a bit more correct this time = Pharaoh Ahmose and the Santorini volcano that started the chain reaction of plagues. Circa 1500-1600? B.C.E.
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9:08PM on 11/16/2011
It's time for Spielberg to re-team with Liam Neeson and save some Jews again! But seriously, I think Neeson would make a great Moses. But isn't Spielberg still working on Lincon?
It's time for Spielberg to re-team with Liam Neeson and save some Jews again! But seriously, I think Neeson would make a great Moses. But isn't Spielberg still working on Lincon?
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3:31PM on 11/16/2011

3 words..RED-SEA-PARTING

That scene will forever stand out for me and in terms of visual fx, we've come a long way:
The 10 Commandments - it was OK for the time
The Prince of Egypt - I was totally blown away I forgot I was watching a cartoon
Gods and Kings - I'm sure Spielberg wont disappoint and hope we get to see that awesome scene in 3D!
I'm picturing that right now *ogling with mouth gaping* B)
That scene will forever stand out for me and in terms of visual fx, we've come a long way:
The 10 Commandments - it was OK for the time
The Prince of Egypt - I was totally blown away I forgot I was watching a cartoon
Gods and Kings - I'm sure Spielberg wont disappoint and hope we get to see that awesome scene in 3D!
I'm picturing that right now *ogling with mouth gaping* B)
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9:08PM on 11/16/2011
i think you mean it was AMAZING for its time.. it's still really good by today's standards too.
i think you mean it was AMAZING for its time.. it's still really good by today's standards too.
3:10PM on 11/16/2011
Kurt Russell for Moses!

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Kurt Russell for Moses!

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12:22PM on 11/16/2011

Ramses!, Let my people.....Rule Hollywood!

I'd see this! If there's 1 thing I love more than "Sci-Fi 'Berg" (Minority Report, Close Encounters) it's "Historical 'Berg" (Saving Private Ryan, Empire Of The Sun)

ps: love that extra tidbit!
I'd see this! If there's 1 thing I love more than "Sci-Fi 'Berg" (Minority Report, Close Encounters) it's "Historical 'Berg" (Saving Private Ryan, Empire Of The Sun)

ps: love that extra tidbit!
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12:11PM on 11/16/2011
Yeah, this film could seriously break some box office records. Wonder who'll play Moses. I hope there's a scene of him wandering in the desert for 40 years, and one of his followers asks, "Hey Moses, where the fuck are we going?"
Yeah, this film could seriously break some box office records. Wonder who'll play Moses. I hope there's a scene of him wandering in the desert for 40 years, and one of his followers asks, "Hey Moses, where the fuck are we going?"
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9:17PM on 11/16/2011
the should run into the Cylons and the BSG folks HAHAHA
the should run into the Cylons and the BSG folks HAHAHA
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