Warner Bros. is planning an epic adaptation of the life of Moses, Deadline reports. What’s more, the site claims that Steven Spielberg is being courted to become the project’s director.
An important figure in a number of faiths, Moses is considered in religious texts to be a prophet and a spiritual leader. He is credited with writing the Torah and The Book of Exodus details Moses leading the Israelites from Egypt by parting the Red Sea. After their journey begins, Moses receives the Ten Commandments and delivers them to his people, spending the next four decades wandering the desert in search of the Promised Land.
Though Moses’ tale has been adapted for the screen before (most famously in the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille epic, The Ten Commandments), Gods and Kings is said to be a wholly new take from screenwriters Michael Green and Stuart Hazeldine. The former contributed to Warner Bros.’ Green Lantern while the latter worked on the script for the upcoming Paradise Lost.
Dan Lin and Matti Leshem are set to produce and Spielberg’s interest in the project at the moment is said to be tentative at best, though discussions are likely to begin in earnest in the very near future.