Breaking: Does Ridley Scott’s Exodus have a new title?

A few weeks ago, I noted that an article in the French Première magazine had indicated that “Exodus” might be just a working title for Ridley Scott’s upcoming Moses movie. Now comes word, via Hitfix, that a new title was in fact announced today at CinemaCon in Las Vegas — but it’s a bit of a head-scratcher.

Supposedly, the new title for the film is Exodus: Gods and Kings. And what’s strange about this — though Hitfix doesn’t seem to realize it — is that Exodus and Gods and Kings were actually two separate titles for two separate Moses movies that were being developed by two separate studios. One of those movies was the Ridley Scott movie, which got the green light from Fox last year. The other movie was being developed at Warner Brothers and, for a while, had Steven Spielberg attached to direct.

So have the two projects merged somehow? Unlikely, as Gods and Kings was still in active development at Warner when Fox gave Exodus the green light.

Can Fox use a title that Warner had already claimed dibs on? I have no idea what the legal issues would be there, but it does seem like the sort of thing that at least begs for a reaction from the other studio, assuming their film is still in development. Alternatively, Fox could have cleared the name change with Warner beforehand.

I will update this post if any more information comes to light.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).