Steven Spielberg Sought for New Moses Epic

But could any Moses movie ever improve on Prince of Egypt...?

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

It's a little interesting that this qualifies as news, since we imagine that every production in Hollywood wants Steven Spielberg attached as a director, but this one is apparently more likely than most. Warner Bros. is currently pursuing the great and powerful Double-S to direct their new project Gods and Kings, which tells the life story of Moses. That's the Moses, of The Bible fame, not Moses Malone or Moses Magnum, although getting Spielberg to direct a movie about either of those guys would arguably be even more exciting.

The historical epic, written by Michael Green and Stuart Hazeldine, has apparently been given to Spielberg, who has read it and has reportedly agreed to talk about directing the film for Warner Bros, according to Deadline. Nothing formal yet, so right now this qualifies as a "What if…?" story, although the odds that it's as cool as the issue of What If…? when the Venom suit moved from Spider-Man to The Might Thor are minimal. Michael Green and Stuart Hazeldine are no strangers to Hollywood: Green co-wrote this summer's Green Lantern movie, and Hazeldine co-wrote the upcoming production of Paradise Lost, which is starring Bradley Cooper as Lucifer.

Spielberg seems like a great fit for this material, since very few living directors can match his eye for grandeur. Of course the story has been told on film before, in Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments and The Prince of Egypt, which was produced by Spielberg's old studio, Dreamworks. Gods and Kings, which is mercifully not a prequel to the Civil War epic Gods and Generals, would tell the story of Moses from his birth to his death, and everything in between from the whole plague thing, to the burning bush and so forth.

CraveOnline will be back with more Gods and Kings news after we stock up on lamb's blood.