May 26, 2017

Could Steven Spielberg bring Moses’s life story to the silver screen?


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Steven Spielberg rarely shies away from biopics built around dominant personalities in history. His next announced picture currently in production, in fact, is his long-gestating Abraham Lincoln story with Daniel Day-Lewis as our nation’s 16th president.

But would Spielberg be interested in going Biblical shortly after “Lincoln” wraps?

It’s possible that Warner Bros. is going after the Oscar-winning director to helm “Gods and Kings,” an epic-sized production that aims to share the life of Moses on screen. Deadline reports that Spielberg has read the script, penned by Michael Green and Stuart Hazeldine, and that there will be a “discussion” between the director and the studio, though a deal is a “longshot” because the director’s plate is loaded and Warner would have to share the project with DreamWorks.

Whoever ends up directing “Kings” will have plenty of ground to cover. The project reportedly spans Moses’s entire life, touching on such legendary Biblical stories as the Burning Bush, the parting of the Red Sea, the acceptance of the Ten Commandments, and other Old Testament staples.

Of course, Cecil B. DeMille covered a lot of this ground in the 1950s, and Deadline says this will not be a remake in any way.

But it would be exciting to see such timeless material tackled with modern special effects. Do you think Spielberg is a good choice? Will he make time for what sounds like a daunting production? And if he passes, who would you like to see tackle “Gods and Kings” for Warner? Post your thoughts in our Comments section below!

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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