Christian Bale Circling Moses Role in ‘Exodus’

Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg has dropped out of another Moses movie entitled ‘Gods and Kings’, with Warner Bros. eyeing Ang Lee to replace him.

Christian Bale may play Moses in Ridley Scott's Exodus
Christian Bale may play Moses in Ridley Scott's Exodus
The Biblical figure Moses is getting a lot of Hollywood traction these days, with two separate projects brewing at both 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. The Fox movie entitled Exodus is picking up more steam than its competitor, with Christian Bale circling the Moses role.

The talks with Christian Bale are still in the early stages, but the studio wants to get the project off the ground quickly. Ridley Scott is directing from a screenplay by Steven Zaillian, who rewrote the original script by Bill Collage and Adam Cooper. No story details have been released. Ridley Scott plans on getting this project together once he completes The Counselor, which is slated for release in November.

While Fox's Exodus is racing towards production, Warner Bros.' Gods and Kings has hit a major snag, with director Steven Spielberg parting ways with the Biblical project. The studio has reached out to Ang Lee (Life of Pi) to take his place, but no deals have been reached yet. The script by Stuart Hazeldine and Michael Green has been described as a Braveheart-esque rendition of Moses' story from the Bible.

Which of these Moses movies will hit the big screen first? Stay tuned for the latest updates regarding both Exodus and Gods and Kings

Exodus: Gods and Kings was released December 12th, 2014 and stars Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, María Valverde, Indira Varma, Ben Kingsley, Golshifteh Farahani. The film is directed by Ridley Scott.

Sources: Deadline
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  1. thedude-abides

    @bawnian-dexeus I thought Pi had a really great visual texture, I just hated all the CGI.

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  2. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @thedude-abides Either way, if Ang Lee does it, I hope it doesn't look like Pi.

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  3. thedude-abides

    @bawnian-dexeus Mel Gibson I can totally see because Braveheart, Passion, and Apocalypto were all set in the distant past, and were all amazing; and Refn I can somewhat see as well because of his work on Valhalla Rising, which also had a very realistic feel to it. Spielberg I wasn't counting because he's already been ruled out, but I agree, he'd obviously be a great choice. I still like Ang Lee the best to take on this kind of material, but the other two are excellent options as well.

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  4. thedude-abides

    @narrator Agreed about Fassbender playing Noah; he was my first choice as well. No! I had no idea that was the original premise, or even that Bale was attached to play Robin Hood. Hearing that is just about as disheartening to me as RDJ dropping out of Inherent Vice, lol. Man, oh man, what might have been had the film actually followed that premise.

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  5. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @thedude-abides I'd still go with my man Spielberg for the job (shocker), but if not, than I can branch out for auteurs like your boy Refn, Del Toro and, if I may be so bold, Mel Gibson as a way of getting him back on the horse

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  6. Dan

    @thedude-abides Yep yep.

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  7. ejk1

    Interesting. Might this be Bale's Oscar for Best Actor?

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  8. the Narrator

    @thedude-abides You're right. Crowe did replace Fassbender and Bale, both of whom were in the running for Noah as well. While I like Crowe, I really (desperately) wanted to see an elderly Fassbender play Noah.

    Also, do you remember the original premise of Robin Hood? Crowe was set to play the sherriff who was basically just doing his job, trying to balance power and still communicate with the people and provide for them, while Bale would play a more ambiguous Robin Hood; one who might have had ulterior motives and might have been less of a boy-scout than the usual fare presents him as. The prospect of having a hard-assed and understandably "proper" sheriff of Nottingham go against the likes of a darker and perhaps less wholesome Robin Hood was mesmerizing to me. Two powerful men with their faults and their creeds going head to head, played by two power house actors. Then rewrites came, Russell Crowe didn't want to share the screen with his 3:10 to Yuma partner again, and thus we got the unoriginal cheesefest that was Robin Hood.

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  9. thedude-abides

    @bawnian-dexeus I gotcha. For some reason I thought you were implying that white house movies were the next trend in hollywood, lol. I see now you were just referring to the double releases. Just for the record, who would be your choice to direct Gods and Kings?

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  10. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @thedude-abides You said you couldn't think of a better director, and I replied. I also replied to your double genre releases comment

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  11. thedude-abides

    @bawnian-dexeus Eh? I'm confused, lol.

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  12. thedude-abides

    @narrator Agreed. This is neither here nor there, but didn't Crowe replace Bale on Noah as well? I remember them talking about Bale and Fassbender before news broke that Crowe had landed the role...

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  13. the Narrator

    @thedude-abides In general, I agree. Lol.

    A few months back and I might have disagreed with you on Ang Lee being perfect for a Moses film, but that's not the case after seeing Life of Pi. Still, no one can even approach Ridley Scott's ability to channel the cinematic scope of olden time warfare and setting, as seen with the fantastic likes of Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven: Extended Cut, and the less spectacular likes of Robin Hood and 1492. I have no doubt that between the efforts of he, Zaillian, and Bale, they may have the superior 'Moses' adaption despite the fact that Warners is clearly the better studio. Let's just hope Bale isn't once again replaced by Crowe, ala Robin Hood, though I doubt it. He is Noah, after all.

    Not to get off track, but going through Scott's filmography, I'm astonished. The likes of 1492, Black Rain, and Hannibal aside, Scott's maintained a nearly perfect directional track record over thirty years in the business. That's insane.

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  14. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @thedude-abides Also, the trend is growing every more as it seems. This year we are getting at least 3 action movies that take place around the White House and involves saving the President and/or the world.

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  15. thedude-abides

    Hm... Will someone remind who was the f*cking genius on this site who said biblical adaptions would be the big thing in the 20-teens? Oh yeah, it was me :P

    However, I hate that they're making two Moses films. I would much rather see a wide-array of biblical adaptions than several different takes on the same story, a la Mirror Mirror, Huntsma, etc.

    That said, Zaillian and Scott worked wonders together on American Gangster. I would more than welcome a project with the two of them at the helm and with Bale playing Moses. As for Gods and Kings, how f*cking perfect would Ang Lee be for that project? I can't think of a better director for that kind of material.

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