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With a filmography that includes Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List, Steven Spielberg has a reputation for big period pieces. He’s got War Horse out at the end of the year and Licoln next on his list, and if Warner Bros. has its way, he will be taking up the helm of another big epic in the near future.
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. wants Spielberg at the helm of Gods and Kings, an epic about the life of Moses. This is one of many lavish productions working toward development that take inspiration from the Bible; Paramount has been prepping the Darren Aronofsky-helmed Noah.
Gods and Kings, written by Green Lantern co-writer Michael Green and Stuart Hazeldine, who wrote Warner Bros. in-development religious epic Paradise Lost, takes its material from the Book of Exodus and will tell of the life of Moses from start to finish, highlights including the burning bush, the ten plagues, crossing the Red Sea and retrieving the Ten Commandments.
Spielberg is always in demand, and none of the involved parties have made official statements, so this is all just a hope and a prayer for Warner Bros., who would then have to share producing responsibilities with Spielberg's DreamWorks. Still, he has read the script and worked previously with Green, so something might come of this after all.