January 13, 2011
King David Headed for Big Screen . . . Twice!
Separate movie projects, both by Christian directors, are in the works
Directors Scott Derrickson and David Cunningham, both Christians, are in the early stages of helming major films about King David.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Derrickson is "getting his slingshot ready" to helm Goliath, about the popular Bible story of David and Goliath.
Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Day the Earth Stood Still) will helm the film that THP reports will have "a modern vibe that harkens to the spirit of films such as 300 and The Bourne Identity." The film is being produced by Temple Hill, which also was behind 2006's The Nativity Story.
Meanwhile, Cunningham (The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, To End All Wars, The Path to 9/11) told CT he will helm Day of War, the first in a series of 3D films based on the Lion of War franchise, which tell the story of King David and his "mighty men." (Concept art from the studio is pictured here.)
Grant Curtis, who produced the three recent Spider-Man films, will produce the Lion of War movies. Cunningham's GiantKiller Pictures (get it?) has optioned rights to all five Lion of War books, to be released by Zondervan, starting with April's Day of War.
Cunningham tells CT that Day of War will be a “major motion picture in the vein of Lord of the Rings.” And his GiantKiller Pictures website says the films "will be realized in 3D with the supernatural aspects of the film literally hovering in the audience."
Stay tuned to CT Entertainment for further developments on these films.