Danny Boyle will direct Methuselah for Warner Bros., with hopes of launching a franchise. And Boyle and Warners have lined-up a great lead actor to get things going: Michael B. Jordan. Early drafts of the script were inspired by the biblical figure of Methuselah, who lived for 969 years. But a “new approach” is being taken now, which suggests they might want to change the title.

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Update 2: Deadline reports that Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts is set to helm Methuselah. Our original article follows.

Update: After the publication of this article, we were told that Tony Gilroy wrote the latest draft of this film’s screenplay. Our original article follows.

It’s been ten years since we first wrote about Hollywood’s attempt to make a Methuselah movie. There have been a few peaks and valleys over the ensuing decade, but today comes perhaps the most interesting news yet: the project is now being totally overhauled with a new leading man. Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther, Creed) will star in the story of the oldest man in the Bible, a guy who supposedly stayed alive for hundreds of years. Catch up with the latest Methuselah details below. Read More »

Methuselah movie Tony Gilroy

Warner Bros. has spent years developing a film based on Methuselah, the oldest man in the Bible, and like that man himself, this project just won’t seem to die. Their most recent attempt to bring this story to life had Tom Cruise attached to star, and while it’s unclear if the 55-year-old action movie icon is still involved at this point, the project just got a significant boost: Tony Gilroy, the writer/director behind Michael Clayton, is now in talks to write the script and is also angling to direct it.
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Methuselah Movie - Tom Cruise

After dabbling in a number of sci-fi movies like Oblivion and Edge of Tomorrow while also continuing his penchant for old-fashioned action and adventure with the Mission: Impossible and Jack Reacher franchises, Tom Cruise is getting ready to head back, way back, to the past.

Tom Cruise has been slated to lead Methuselah, a Biblical tale following the title character who was said to live 969 years according to the Hebrew Bible. Find out more about the Methuselah movie after the jump. Read More »


Variety have the announcement of James Watkins‘ next. The writer-director describes Methuselah as “an adrenalized thriller that has a bit of intelligence and resonance”. Here’s hoping – how many times have we been promised that but, then… well, we get a lot of adrenaline, I won’t question that.

The title refers to the biblical character who lived for a millennium, give or take, before getting drowned in the great flood. In the film’s screenplay, the character is a man who has aged so slowly he’s been around long enough to hone his “incredible set of survival skills” but is still young enough to be typical leading man material. Will he drown at the end? I don’t think so – this smacks of franchise launching.

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