Holy Moses!

Fox prep Biblical epic

What do you think of when you think of cinematic depictions of Moses? (We know that you're constantly thinking of cinematic depictions of Moses). Chances are you think of Charlton Heston striding around in The Ten Commandments. Or perhaps your mind casts itself back to Dreamworks' inaugural animation The Prince of Egypt.

Chances are you don't think of 300, but that is apparently why you're sitting reading this this morning and not taking a power breakfast in Hollywood. Because that's exactly the direction Peter Chernin, formerly Chief Operating Officer for News Corp and lately head of his own production company Chernin Entertainment, has taken as his first major film project.

The script is by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, and conceived as a "visually stunning action piece" and "a 300-like reimagining" giving a Braveheart-feel to the Book of Exodus. They've also completed a similarly-pitched Moby Dick script for Timur Bekmambetov.

Obviously the story has planty of room for spectacle, what with the war with Ethiopia, and all the slave-freeing and sea-parting. And if Pharaoh is going to be conceived as an eight foot hermaphrodite with an entourage of battle rhinos, we're booking our tickets now.