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Holy Moses!
Fox prep Biblical epic

12 October 2009  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Variety

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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.


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Let My People Go
Gladiator is essentially an update of Ben-Hur. Will Smith did Charlton's role in "I Am Legend." Now they're getting around to Moses. The story of Moses has some incredible visuals in it and 300 did too, so it could be a marriage made in Heaven. Cautiously optimistic. More

Posted by BenTramer at 19:22 on 12 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Let's get biblical, biblical, come on and get biblical, let's get in to biblical!
Ok, so I wouldn't describe myself as 'religious' but I do have a faith and I reckon this would be AMAZING! People make the Bible sound so boring sometimes but it really isn't and Moses was a badass! Bring it on! More

Posted by Fidget at 14:52 on 12 October 2009 | Report This Post

Let's get biblical, biblical, come on and get biblical, let's get in to biblical!
Why the hell not, the old testament is all about the blood and guts, besmirching and what not, plus hey, if Tarantino can have Hitler riddled with bullets and historians don't complain, when for a fact we knew that's not how he died, how can people complain if they want to add a little 'Bayhem' to the bible, seeing as in it's simplest form it's all up for conjecture. I ain't religious but i do love the Old Testament, the sequel was toss in comparison More

Posted by fuzzcaminski at 11:32 on 12 October 2009 | Report This Post

dctuck
come on now, the bible is fiction, so a re-imagining is quality, lets go on from this, Adam and Eve-directed by David Fichner Kane and Able-Director Quentin Tarantino anyone else got any idea's?? More

Posted by icedude at 11:03 on 12 October 2009 | Report This Post

Re-imagining?! How can you reimagine Moses? He's in the frigging Bible! More

Posted by dctuck at 08:21 on 12 October 2009 | Report This Post

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