A dollar makes Hollywood holler. We're noticing that the current way to a quick cash flow are biblical epics. Seriously. has Noah due later this year. Likewise, replaced on Gods and Kings after he jumped ship on the Warner Bros. project. It's shaping up to be positively Old Testament-y in here.
Now you can add another movie to the pile. is throwing his hat into the ring with his own project, tentatively titled Exodus: Gods and Kings. He and Fox want none other than Batman himself, , playing the role of Moses. The movie was shelved for a while, but was given new life in the form of a fresh rewrite by the talented . The original script, penned by and , was described as a "visually stunning action piece not unlike 300".
Now, it's not as if it would be terrible if the movie remained like that, and Bale has certainly been in an over-the-top action flick before (Remember Reign of Fire, anyone?), and we know he can rock a beard with the best of them, but we'd hope with Zaillan's rewrite, he'd get a movie he deserved, and not one he needed (Yeah, I had to go there).
Said Scott of the movie last year:
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.
Right now, Bale is busy filming 's Abscam drama with and , and Scott is still working on The Counselor, so it will be a while before the Exodus project can move forward. Still, with other studios getting their biblical epics (I still can't believe this is turning into a trend, for real) out there, it's my guess that Fox will want to line up an A-list star ASAP to get their own project officially launched.