Two quick new items via Deadline, both of which happen to concern Oscar-nominated foreign-film makers who are now going to direct films with a biblical element.
1. Joachim Rønning, who co-directed Kon-Tiki (nominated in 2013; it lost to Amour) and is currently in post-production on the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, has signed on to direct Tom Cruise in Methuselah, a “biblical epic” being produced by David Heyman of Harry Potter fame. I last wrote about this film two years ago, before Cruise got involved, and I don’t have any clearer idea now as to what this movie is about than I did back then: Deadline is still saying nothing more than that it is a film about “a man who lived for almost 1,000 years without ageing, all while developing a set of unparalleled survival skills.” The biblical Methuselah was recently played by Anthony Hopkins in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah; interestingly, not only has Hopkins worked with Cruise (on Mission: Impossible II), but Cruise just finished shooting the Mummy reboot with Noah star Russell Crowe. It’s all connected, I tell you.
— The image above shows Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah in Noah.