Fairy tales and zombies are still in, and will remain so for the foreseeable future, but the biblical movies are getting ready step back into the Hollywood spotlight. The project we’ve heard most about is Darren Aronofsky’s upcomingNoah, which stars Russell Crowe as the fabled ark-builder, but plenty more are in the works. MGM is planning a remake of Ben-Hur. Brad Pitt may star in one titled Pontius Pilate. Steven Spielberg was attached to a Moses movie titled Gods and Kings, but has since departed. Then there was that David and Goliath project with Dwayne Johnson and Taylor Lautner possibly starring. We’ve even heard of some stranger projects like another Moses flick that would be made in the same style as 300, or Will Smith’s vampiric twist on the story of Cain and Abel.
Director Ridley Scott also has a biblical project on his table, and his too revolves around the story of Moses (that Moses is so hot right now). Once simply titledMoses, the movie is now being called Exodus, and it already has a gentleman who goes by the name Christian Bale attached to play the lead. The project is now gaining a little speed with word that The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty, and Smokin’ Aces (why not!) star Joel Edgerton is in talks to join the cast.
Edgerton would play Ramses in the movie, an Egyptian ruler who was played by the late great Yul Brynner in the 1956 biblical epic The Ten Commandments. Charlton Heston of course played Moses.
Steve Zaillian was brought in to work on the script for Exodus, after a previous draft was penned by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (Tower Heist, Accepted). Zaillian is an Academy Award winner, with three more Oscar nominations to his name. His previous credits include Awakenings, Schindler’s List, Gangs of New York, American Gangster, Moneyball, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. No word on if he’s re-writing the original script, or if he started from scratch.
At the rate things are currently moving, Exodus could begin production as early as September. Scott’s next film, The Counselor, is set to be released in theaters this November 15th.