Posted on Friday, March 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
Biblical epics seem to be all the rage these days, but one director that won’t be jumping on that bandwagon is Steven Spielberg. The filmmaker has been linked to Warner Bros.’ Moses biopic Gods and Kings since about 2011, but has finally decided to move on. The studio is thinking big for his replacement, however, and has made moves toward Ang Lee as a possible new director. Read more after the jump.
When Spielberg was reported as Warner Bros.’ top choice a couple years back, it seemed unlikely a deal would actually come to pass — this is Spielberg, after all, and he has no shortage of other projects he could pick. But by last year, it was starting to look like he might actually board, with an eye toward shooting in 2013. Little progress was made after that, however, and as of this week Deadline reports that Spielberg is out for good.
Lee hasn’t entered talks just yet, but he’s reportedly “intrigued” by the project. Of course, Lee has plenty of other options as well. He just signed on to direct the FX pilot Tyrant, and has been circling the Cleopatra movie that David Fincher recently vacated. Spielberg, meanwhile, continues to work on his delayed sci-fi flick Robopocalypse among other things.
Scripted by Stuart Hazeldine and Michael Green, Gods and Kings follows Moses from his adoption in infancy all the way through his acquisition of the Ten Commandments. The film has previously been described as a “gritty” take along the lines of Saving Private Ryan or Braveheart, as opposed to “glossy” approach taken by other projects.
Naturally, Gods and Kings isn’t the only Moses project in development. Spielberg’s decision reportedly puts puts Warner Bros. in a tough spot as a rival project over at 20th Century Fox has started begun picking up steam. That project has a script by Bill Collage and Adam Cooper (Tower Heist), and apparently has Ridley Scott attached to direct once he wraps up The Counselor.