Paramount Pictures seems to have a thing for Bible epics. First they revived the genre with Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, and then they partnered with MGM on a remake of Ben-Hur that is due next year. Now comes word — via The Tracking Board — that the studio may be planning a remake of The Ten Commandments, as well.1
There are no details about the project yet, beyond the fact that it has two producers — Mary Parent and Cale Boyter — who both worked on Noah. Boyter was also an executive producer on the non-epic Bible movie The Nativity Story.
The Tracking Board says the producers are currently looking for a writer-director who can offer “a different take” on the story than previous films have offered.
If there really is room for other Moses movies right now, then I hope someone dusts off the Moses project that was being developed at Warner Brothers shortly before Exodus got the green light. From what I hear, it could have been really good.
One thing’s for sure: It wouldn’t be too hard to make a better Moses movie than Exodus: Gods and Kings. That film left a lot of room for improvement.
1. Of course, the famous 1956 version of The Ten Commandments was, itself, a remake of a 1923 film that was set partly in the present day; both versions were directed by Cecil B. DeMille. There have been other productions with that title since, including a 2006 miniseries and a 2007 animated film.