From “wishful thinking” to “possibility” to “this is actually happening” — so it goes for Steven Spielberg‘s involvement with Gods and Kings. After some initial reports claimed that the Beard was in talks for Warner’s Moses epic back in mid-November, Deadline now reports that Spielberg is, against my own expectations, about to sign on for the film. Written by Stuart Hazeldine and Michael Green, Gods and Kings tells the full story of Moses’ life, all the way from the baby in the basket to a near-Israel death, with a lot of Biblical stuff in-between. Or, as an insider described it to Deadline, “a Braveheart-ish version of the Moses story.”
And, with Mel Gibsons‘s Best Picture-winning epic in mind, it’s pointed out that Warner Bros. wants to deviate from the template established by the consummate Moses picture, Cecil B. DeMille‘s The Ten Commandments. Instead of the sweeping VistaVision most associate with this story on a purely visual level, the plan calls for Spielberg to implement “the gritty reality” of something like Saving Private Ryan. In fact, this same insider said that Hazeldine and Green‘s screenplay stands apart by being “a real warrior story.”
If there’s one thing you probably knew, it’s that Spielberg won’t get down to the business of actually shooting Gods and Kings for a little while; post-production on Lincoln should be kicking off soon, and he’ll be shooting Robopocalypse not soon after that, the latter of which is set to hit on July 3rd, 2013. Knowing this, I’m inclined to believe Deadline’s assessment that filming should commence in March or April of 2013 — which makes a release of late 2014 the likely target. A long time to wait for something that yields so many interesting possibilities and has such a strong chance of being outstanding, but I’ll let the man take his time. But, really, I can’t wait.
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