Steven Spielberg Drops Moses Movie, But Could Ang Lee Pick It Up?

By Sean O'Connell 2013-03-15 10:12:17discussion comments
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Only Steven Spielberg could generate this much press without actually agreeing to direct a movie. The other day, we speculated about the Oscar-winning director possibly returning to the Jurassic Park franchise, only to learn that Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow would be helming the sequel instead. Because Spielberg had pushed back Robopocalypse, the director reportedly had a hole to fill on his production schedule. Now it sounds like he’s passing on another opportunity to fill it.

Deadline says Spielberg has “ended his long flirtation” with the Biblical epic Gods and Kings, and now Warner Bros. is approaching Ang Lee, hoping the Life of Pi director will attach his name to Michael Green and Stuart Hazeldine’s screenplay of the Moses story. WB is worried about a rival Moses project set up at Fox, which Sir Ridley Scott reportedly is circling and might dive into once he wraps The Counselor with Michael Fassbender and Javier Bardem. In Hollywood, movie subjects often come in twos, from volcano or asteroid blockbusters to this year’s two White House-invasion movies. Why not two Moses movies? We might be headed in that direction.

Deadline says that Lee is interested in the Moses story, but has yet to take a formal meeting about anything. Obviously, he’s in the best position possible, coming off of his second Best Director win at the Oscars for helming Life of Pi. Lee can direct virtually anything. Would you want to see him invest his time and talents into a Biblical drama? Or if Scott – the director of Kingdom of Heaven and Gladiator -- was looking to get into this field, would you just let him try his luck? Share your thoughts below.
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