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Steven Spielberg Zeroing In On 'Saving Private Ryan' Style Moses Tale 'Gods And Kings'; Spring 2013 Start Eyed

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 25, 2012 11:05 PM
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Taking on a Steven Soderbergh or Woody Allen-esque workload, Steven Spielberg -- who dropped two movies in 2011 with "War Horse" and "The Adventures Of Tintin" -- shows no sign of slowing down. He's already deep into his next film, the long developing dream project "Lincoln" which he'll deliver at the end of the year and after that, he'll shift gears and jump right into "Robopocalypse" which already has a big summer tentpole date of July 3, 2013 penciled in. But it looks like he won't have a moment to slow down.

Brewing for much the fall, Steven Spielberg has been circling the Warner Bros. Moses movie with the working title "Gods And Kings." Last we heard, talks had just started but Deadline reports that Spielberg is moments away from signing on the dotted line to direct. Penned by Michael Green and Stuart Hazeldine (the former was a co-writer on "Green Lantern" along with creating "The River" for Spielberg on ABC; and the latter is behind the stalled WB flick "Paradise Lost") the movie is described as a "Braveheart" style telling of the story of Moses from birth to death. But if that point of comparison isn't enough for you, the site's source also ranks "Saving Private Ryan" as a touchstone, saying that Spielberg wants to go for gritty realism over Charlton Heston style pomp and circumstance. So yes, the guy who saw the burning bush, delivered the ten commandments and parted the Red Sea among other things is gonna be getting a whole new kind of treatment.

Should everything come together, Spielberg would get to this pretty much when he's finished with "Robopocalypse," sometime in the spring of 2013, with March or April as possible start dates. Bible studies will never be the same. Now the next question: who's gonna be Moses?

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  • IT 2 IT | July 28, 2014 9:06 AMReply

    Another ovr produced waste of time a la NOAH?

    Scripture is notoriously IMPOSSIBLE for two dimensional
    talking image to treat.

  • Adam | February 22, 2012 9:45 AMReply

    Adam Sandler....hahaha

  • David | February 7, 2012 10:01 PMReply

    My guess is a proper historic portrayal of Moses as the first celebrated genocidal maniac, with Joshua as his Himmler is not what we will see out of Spielberg

  • ry | January 26, 2012 1:52 PMReply

    Daniel Day Lewis!!! Finishes 'Lincoln' goes into 'Silence' goes into 'Gods and Kings' as Moses....does another Paul Thomas Anderson film....ok I'm finished.

  • Ian | January 26, 2012 12:48 PMReply

    Anything to put off Interstellar, right Steven.

  • David | January 27, 2012 11:07 PM

    Jonah Nolan said he's looking at directing Interstellar himself.

  • PapushiSun | January 26, 2012 2:55 PM

    Interstellar is probably dead give we haven't heard anything about it in years.

  • jb | January 26, 2012 10:19 AMReply

    well seeing as he was born in egypt....maybe not a white man. seriously.

  • jb | January 26, 2012 10:28 AM

    tahar rahim maybe?

  • gonad | January 26, 2012 5:23 AMReply

    Daniel Day-Lewis as Moses.

  • hank | January 26, 2012 4:51 AMReply

    "Saving Private Ryan" Style Moses Tale... Is anyone else reading this headline and realizing how fucking retarded it sounds?

  • hank | January 26, 2012 4:55 AM

    and excuse me if I offended anyone but the conceit of this film sounds intellectually challenged.

  • Christian | January 26, 2012 3:41 AMReply

    Calling it now: Christian Bale reunion!

  • padre | January 26, 2012 12:21 AMReply

    Avatar's record is going down! The future box office champ has arrived! This may be the massive event that heralds the end of the world.

  • KitCon | January 25, 2012 11:43 PMReply

    Since they've discovered that not all superheroes can be box office hits, Hollywood seems to be revisiting the era of grand historical epics with this, Aronofsky's Noah and the Rudin-Jolie Cleopatra. Looking forward to seeing what they can do freshen those up with modern VFX. And Woody Harrelson for Moses.

  • buntyhoven | January 26, 2012 8:31 AM

    Maybe if each film works, Hollywood can mash them together, Avengers-style. Moses and Noah team up to fight crime, with Cleopatra as their sexy assistant.

  • David | January 25, 2012 11:12 PMReply

    Time for a reunion with Christian Bale. Or Liam Neeson.

  • Padre | January 26, 2012 12:24 AM

    Spielberg is calling Shia LaBeouf right this second and telling him to clear his schedule.

  • jl | January 25, 2012 11:11 PMReply

    Michael Fassbender as Moses. Make it so.

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