Spielberg To Direct New Moses Movie

Here’s the scoop:

The two-time Oscar winner is closing in on a deal with Warner Bros. to direct “Gods And Kings,” which is described as a “‘Braveheart’-ish version of the Moses story” mixed with the “gritty reality” of “Saving Private Ryan.”

Warner Bros. has been courting Spielberg for the project since last September, and now it appears they are close to nabbing him. That in itself is an accomplishment: the notoriously busy Spielberg always has a full dance card, but will have time for “Gods And Kings” next spring. The director just finished “Lincoln” and will soon start on “Robopocalypse”; “Gods And Kings” would hope to begin lensing in March or April 2013.

I confess that when I first read “gritty reality,” the first thing that came to my mind was Exodus 4:25. And that is small potatoes compared to the rest of the Exodus story: the death of firstborn children, the slaughter of the lambs, water turning to blood, the plague of boils, and on and on. This is not a story for the faint of heart. So I am quite curious to see how far Hollywood is willing to go with “gritty reality” in telling this story.

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16 Responses to Spielberg To Direct New Moses Movie

  1. Reg Schofield January 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    As long as Spielberg keeps the supernatural and amazing acts of God in rescuing and calling His people out of Egypt , it could be truly amazing . The big question , who should play Moses . After Heston’s performance , it will be interesting who they would cast , Perhaps a relative unknown. Could be an interesting project.

  2. Paul January 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    He should do a mashup of Back to the Future, Indiana Jones and the Book of Exodus. Indy ships the DeLorean over to Egypt, hits 88mph, goes back to the final days of Pharoah’s reign over the Jews and brings back the stone tablets with the ten commandments to a museum for all to enjoy. I think I should e-mail Spielberg with this idea…

  3. Christiane January 26, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    I believe that Spielberg is an observant Jew, as his current wife converted to Judaism upon their marriage. So, I expect the film will likely have strong alignment with the Judaic traditions.
    The announcement of the casting selection of an actor to play ‘Moses’ is eagerly awaited.

    I’m looking forward to this film and how it portrays the man ‘Moses’.
    I’m hoping that the presentation will respect the Judaic tradition faithfully.

    • Denny Burk January 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

      I’ll be satisfied if it’s faithful to the Biblical storyline.

      • Christiane January 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

        Denny, do you think that the Biblical storyline would be different from the Judaic tradition concerning Moses?

        I think what I am asking is if there is some variance between the evangelical take on the OT concerning Moses and the five-thousand year old Judaic understanding. I actually don’t know, and I would be interested in your observations concerning this.

  4. Rick January 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    I am interested in seeing what are the reactions to the “gritty parts”. Will it cause more to see God as a monster, or will it bring a sense of confident realism to the story?

    • Denny Burk January 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

      When I read the remark about the “gritty parts,” the first thing that came to my mind was Exodus 4:25. Exodus is filled with episodes like this.

      The biblical account may be too gritty for Hollywood. It was certainly too gritty for the Heston version.

  5. Dan Phillips January 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    Tom Cruise.

    Because, duh!

  6. yankeegospelgirl January 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    Ian McKellan as Moses and Patrick Stewart as Pharaoh.


  7. Dan Phillips January 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    Ed Asner as Moses and Barack Obama as Pharaoh.

    Double duh.

  8. Nathan January 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    What about Jim Caviezel as Moses and Ru Paul as Pharaoh?

  9. yankeegospelgirl January 26, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    One unfortunate point in all this: The movie will only add fuel to the fire for a certain kind of Christian moviegoer who likes to shoot back to those concerned about movie violence, “Well hey, then I suggest not reading the Bible, ‘cuz if they made a movie out of it it would be R-rated [snicker, snicker].”


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