[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s time for the Dark Knight to lose the mask and cape, grow a beard and don a pair of sandals, because Christian Bale is poised to play Moses in the next Old Testament picture, Exodus.
Spearheaded by 20th Century Fox, the film is expected to recount lesser-known aspects of the legendary prophet’s life, as well as more famous incidents.
The movie will receive the Ridley Scott treatment; Scott looks likely to make it his next directorial project upon completion of upcoming thriller, The Counselor, while Steve Zaillion has been signed on for script duties. Bale will follow in the footsteps of Charlton Heston, who played the Big M in the 1956 Cecil B DeMille blockbuster The Ten Commandments. This particular version proved to be DeMille’s swansong, but what a high to end on.
Though full of memorable scenes such as the Burning Bush on Mount Sinai and the worshipping of the Golden Calf, even they pale into insignificance alongside the film’s showpiece – the parting of the Red Sea. Considered one of the standout moments in cinema history, it went a long way to landing the Best Visual Effects Oscar, not to mention making The Ten Commandments the highest-earning live-action film of the decade.
But whilst we wax lyrical over what a hard act Exodus has to follow, let us once again spare a thought for poor old Warner Bros. 2013 is turning out to be the year from hell, courtesy of a string of turkeys, even with Easter not yet upon us. Their ‘rival’ to Exodus, titled Gods and Kings, has been plunged into uncertainty, as Steven Spielberg has seemingly jumped ship. On a positive note, Life of Pi supremo Ang Lee is set to take charge.
Work on Scott’s Exodus is thought to be starting towards the end of AD 2013.