New MOSES movie gets a 300 makeover
Many of the world's most amazing, gripping, and epic stories of all time can be found in one book, the Bible. Whether you are a Christian or an atheist, there is no way that you can deny the fact that the Bible has some crazy-good tales. So, why aren't there more Biblical films making it to theaters? I'm talking about good ones, that stick to the gritty real account, and not those musicals (PRINCE OF EGYPT). I am now realizing that I am not the only person that has this question, as Fox looks to be revisiting the story of the Biblical hero, Moses.
Now, the story of Moses, or part of the story, has been told in the classic THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. Oh, and I definitely can't leave out the hysterical snippet in THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD ("The Lord, the Lord Jehovah has given unto you these fifteen...[drops one of the tablets] Oy! Ten! Ten commandments for all to obey!").
Why revisit the story of Moses? What is going to make this take different enough to draw the people into theaters? Just listen to writing duo Adam Cooper and Bill Collage's pitch, and then you might see why Fox bought in. The pitch is actually quite simple: it's the Biblical story of Moses, meets 300.
Cooper and Collage are currently penning a 300-style version of MOBY DICK for Universal and Timur Bekmambetov. I must admit that that style doesn't seem to fit the MOBY DICK universe, but everyone wants to pair the 300 look with their projects these days.
Fortunately for Fox, though, is the scope of material they have to work with when tackling MOSES. The epic story of Moses includes Egyptian-enforced slavery of the Hebrew people, slaughtering of infants, plagues (including fire from Heaven, body boils, and the death of the firstborn son), the parting of the Red Sea, and much, much more. So, it looks like we finally might get our gritty Bible story (though I am still dumbfounded this treatment hasn't been given to the story of Samson, the man who killed thousands with the jawbone of a donkey, and killed himself and many others by tearing down a temple with his bare hands).
I do hope that this project shapes up nicely, sticking to the source material, and bringing the world a gripping film that we can all learn from. Yes, that is a whole lot to ask for. Yes, there is a whole lot of room for corruption of the project. But, I do think that the filmmakers behind this will have a lot of incentive to make this film right, as there are a lot people who are willing to buy movie tickets to religious-themed films. Could this be the next THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST?
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