To the winner goes the spoils, or so the old saying goes. And I guess that’s true for this next story. Ang Lee, who beat out Steven Spielberg last month to win the Best Director Academy Award, may be stepping into to helm Warner Bros.’ Moses biopic Gods And Kings following Spielberg’s recent departure from the project. The studio has apparently approached Lee about directing the Biblical epic after Spielberg dropped the project.
Spielberg first signed on to the project back in late 2011, but wit hth enumber of projects that the director always seems to have in development, there weren’t good odds being offered that he would actually be behind the camera if it were to ever get a greenlight. The film is written by Stuart Hazeldine and Michael Green, whose take on the life of the Biblical figure is reportedly more gritty and less glossy than previous Hollywood tellings of the story. So I guess not so much Charlton Heston.
Gods And Kings isn’t the only Moses film currently in development. Twentieth Century Fox also has a project, Exodus, scripted by Tower Heist writers Bill Collage and Adam Cooper, that Ridley Scott is set to direct after he finishes work on The Counselor, though I am unsure as to where that leaves the status of the 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea adaptation he has been developing for some time now.