Now comes word that Fox has picked up a pitch for a re-telling of this popular Bible story, a sexier, more action-packed telling in the vein of “300,” according to Variety. The story would open with the infant Moses’ brush with death and follow the story through to his freeing of the Hebrews, presumably ending at some point after the pursuing Pharaoh and his army are drowned in the Red Sea.
Yeah, this is a weird one. At least Fox has the right writers for the job. Perhaps you remember a San Diego Comic-Con report from this past summer on “Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov’s upcoming adaptation of “Moby Dick”? In his version of the story, written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, the whale is a “creature with supernatural abilities” and its hunters a similarly empowered. Odd, right?
If there’s anyone who’s well-equipped to turn the story of Moses into an epic, green screen-effects heavy action flick, it’s Cooper and Collage. It takes a special kind of creativity to envision Captain Ahab’s legendary white whale as a sort of undersea X-Man. If the writing duo can dream that up and make it work — which, of course, remains to be seen — then sexing up the story of Moses ought to be a piece of cake for them.
Are you into the idea of the Book of Exodus on steroids? Find it mildly blasphemous? Outrageously blasphemous?