Steven Spielberg, Would You Make Us a Moses Movie? Love, Warner Bros.
Alright, Jewish leaders, so you didn't like the idea of Warner Bros. having Mel Gibson make a movie about Jewish hero Judah Maccabee and the formation of Hanukkah. Fair enough, Jewish leaders. Just out of curiosity, though, was it that Mel Gibson vocally hates Jews and blames them for every war? You know what, don't even answer that. What Warner Bros. really wants to know is, how about this instead: What if they get Steven Spielberg--one of our best Jews, mind you--and have him take on a different, better known religious icon. Say... Moses? That would be cool? OK, good, because that is what Warner Bros. is trying to do.
The studio is currently courting Spielberg to direct Gods and Kings, a Michael Green and Stuart Hazeldine-scripted epic that "is not a remake of the 1956 Cecile B. DeMille-directed The Ten Commandments" but actually sort of is--in that it covers Moses's life from birth, to the exodus from Egypt, to the parting of the Red Sea, to Charlton Heston holding up those slabs, and so on. Even if the director does agree--and that's still a big "if" right now--the film probably isn't likely to happen anytime soon; Spielberg still has to finish Lincoln and then would like to warn us of the coming Robopocalypse. But, with his recent repentance for putting walkie-talkies in E.T. making his sentiments on that matter clear, if he does end up telling the story of Moses, at least we know one thing: this time he'll keep the guns in.