In an exclusive, THR reports Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby) is finalizing a deal to play Ramses opposite Christian Bale’s Moses in the 20th Century Fox biblical epic Exodus, directed by Ridley Scott.
But that’s not the only biblical film on the block; Warner Bros’ hasn’t given up on Gods And Kings, that was supposed to be directed by Steven Spielberg but since he left the project, they’re now looking to Oscar winner Ang Lee (The Life Of Pi) as he’s shown interest in the script.
This is all well and good but it seems like divine intervention or the work of the uh, other guy, always seems to come in and gum up the works when it comes to biblical films. There are a couple more that showed promise, but due to the (sometimes OVER) sensitivity of viewing audiences as well as that oh-so-sensitive separation of Church and State, that makes a recipe for demise.
Don’t believe me? OKAY.
Google the BRILLIANT Aidan Quinn/Garret Dillahunt show The Book Of Daniel (which also starred a young Alison Pill from “The Newsroom” and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) and you’ll see how the Christian right called for its head much like Salome demanded John The Baptist’s (yeah, I read the Bible). The show premiered in January 2006 and was abruptly cancelled after 4 episodes, which REALLY angered me; Quinn and Dillahunt were amazing together but the hardcore Christians were NOT cool with Jesus being “more forgiving” about certain issues like the Reverend Daniel’s son being gay.
Over the last couple of years, other religious themed projects have had rumblings – Warner Bros. bought a script for a film that tells the story of Christ’s crucifixion through the eyes of Pontius Pilate (eep) and at some point were working on a script based on Methuselah, the man who lived to be 1,000 years old and (in their version) was one HELL of a survivalist.
Then there’s Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Total Recall) who’s teamed up with Pulp Fiction co-writer Roger Avary to adapt the book Jesus Of Nazareth (which Verhoeven also co-wrote), which gives an “alternate look at the life of Jesus Christ.”
Yeah, that’ll go well, but admittedly I am curious to see that version…along with THIS one.
Seems like the only “safe” biblical story is that of Noah and his Ark but with Darren Aronofsky (Requiem For A Dream, Black Swan) at the helm for Paramount’s $150 million offering, Noah (starring Russell Crowe), things could get interesting when it’s released March 2014.
I’m no zealot but I do love a good biblical tale done right…
“Stay tuned.” – The Book Of Crix, chapter 9, verse 1337
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