Variety reports that 20th Century Fox will develop a retelling of the story of Moses, from his near death as an infant to his adoption into the Egyptian royal family, his defiance of the Pharaoh and deliverance of the Hebrews from enslavement.
The script will be written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, who recently completed a scripted retelling of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick for director Timur Bekmambetov at Universal.
Moby Dick was pitched as a 300-like reimagining of the Melville story as a visually stunning action piece, and the story of Moses is conceived similarly.
The trade adds that the goal is to give a Braveheart feel to a story most famously captured in Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 film The Ten Commandments. Peter Chernin will produce with Dylan Clark.