Move over Charlton Heston. Variety writes that 20th Century Fox plans on producing a new cinematic version of Exodus. As if that weren't enough, they want to do it in the style of 300. Yes, that 300 — the male meat-fest from "visionary director" Zack Snyder.
Hmmm ... so can we count on seeing a Moses who's less world-weary and wise than he is lean and mean with ripped abs? Should we expect: "Let my people go, you scum-sucking Egyptian!"? Or a desert scene with Israelites sampling heaven's food before crying out, "This ... is ... MANNA!!!"
The script will be written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (Accepted), who have already been approved to draft a graphic novel-style adaptation of Herman Melville's classic Moby Dick for director Timur Bekmambetov. We certainly love graphic novels and the way they've gained acceptance as a legitimate artform. But seriously . . . Moby Dick?
Cooper and Collage's script for the story of Moses will incorporate all the elements of the traditional Bible story, including Moses' birth, his defiance of the Pharaoh, the Ten Plagues, the crossing of the Red Sea, the Ten Commandments, and the journey across the desert to Israel. But their version will also draw on the Midrash, which are Rabbinical interpretations of Biblical texts. Which may help explain some liberties being taken, but we doubt there was a Rabbi who mentioned anything about "sweet fight sequences."