Just like comic book movies and Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight”, people trying to get their swords and sandals movies made are still comparing their films to Zack Snyder’s “300”. The latest “It’s just like ‘300’!” movie is yet another retelling of the Moses legend, which will be coming to you courtesy of producer Peter Chernin and 20th Century Fox. “300” style!
The sure-to-be mega budgeted movie will open with Moses’s near death as an infant, follow his adoption into the Egyptian royal family, his defiance of the Pharoah, and finally his deliverance of the Hebrews from enslavement. Since they’re going all “300” and green screen on us, the parting of the Red Sea will also get an upgrade, along with the plagues and other “magical elements” from the Book of Exodus. After all, not including the parting of the Red Sea in a movie about Moses is like a Spike Lee movie without racist white crackers. It just ain’t right.
Besides the heavy “300” technical elements, the Moses movie is being called more “Braveheart” than “The Ten Commandments”. I really have no idea what that means, exactly, but “Braveheart” was sure one brutal little movie from a combat perspective. Are they saying this Moses retelling will be just as bloody and violent? Cecil B. DeMille might not approve.
Writing duo Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, who are also writing Timur Bekmambetov’s “Moby Dick”, have been tapped to pen the screenplay. Chernin will produce with Dylan Clark.