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January 27, 2012

Spielberg Goes to the Mountaintop

Long circulated rumors now almost etched in stone: He'll direct a biopic about Moses.

Rumors have circulated for months that Steven Spielberg might direct a biopic about Moses. Those rumors are a lot closer to the truth now, according to an exclusive report from Deadline.com, which says the famed director is "near commitment" to helm the project for Warner Brothers.

The film, tentatively slated to begin production in the spring of 2013, is titled Gods and Kings. A source told Deadline.com it will be "like a Braveheart-ish version of the Moses story. Him coming down the river, being adopted, leaving his home, forming an army, and getting the Ten Commandments.” Hmm. Braveheart-ish? That could be a good thing, but the "forming an army" part could be blown way out of proportion. (Thank goodness Peter Jackson isn't doing it!)

Deadline.com also notes that Gods and Men is "the second high-profile film Warner Bros is developing on a seminal Jewish hero. Mel Gibson and Joe Eszterhas are collaborating on their pitch to tell the story of Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee. . . . Gibson has the first option to direct, and he will produce the film through his Icon Productions banner."