Think back to this past Thursday, when yours truly expressed the widespread, hard-to-dispute opinion that Ridley Scott is a busy man — what with all the epic films he’s planning to direct, and at a more “advanced” stage in his life. Yet all that just isn’t enough. In adding something to the heap, a talk with Esquire (via /Film) has revealed that, either as a producer or director, Scott will eventually put his name to a film centered on Moses.
Here’s his quote on that matter:
“I’ve got something else in the works. I’m already doing it. It’s called ‘Moses.’ Seriously, seriously. It’s going to happen. I probably shouldn’t have let that slip out. I’m not supposed to say anything. It’s definitely in the cards, though. What’s interesting to me about Moses isn’t the big stuff that everybody knows. It’s things like his relationship with Ramses [II, the pharaoh]. I honestly wasn’t paying attention in school when I was told the story of Moses. Some of the details of his life are extraordinary.”
Unless there are now three Moses movies currently circulating around Hollywood — please, God (no pun intended), don’t let that be the case — it’s seems like this film would be Fox’s stab at the tale, which they hired Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (Accepted) to scribe in November of 2010. Previous reports have described it as a telling more in the vein of 300 than The Ten Commandments, and that certainly helps put this association into context. Ridley Scott might know a thing or two about historical action epics, right?
But there is the matter of another Moses film, one that, as it were, happens to be on the mind of Steven Spielberg. That picture, titled Gods and Kings, is much more in the vein of DeMille than Snyder; if only for its respective director, that has total precedence over whatever might happens with the effort at hand. (Not that I have anything against Snyder, by the way.) But I’m sure there can be two Moses movies — one with the history, the other with some Biblical violence.
Could Ridley Scott do anything strong with this material?