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Ridley Scott, the director of the upcoming "Exodus" movie based on the story of Moses, is set to produce another big budget film in the future based on King David.
Normally stories about David focus on his legendary battle with Goliath, however, this film will document his later years where he ran the kingdom of Israel and kept the nation afloat, according to the original report from Variety. The project has been given the working title "David."
Jonathan Stokes will pen the screenplay and Scott could end up directing, however, that has not been confirmed at this time. With various upcoming projects such as a sequel to "Prometheus" and "The Martian," he might have to entrust someone else with those duties.
Hollywood's interest in Bible-based films seems to be at an all-time high thanks to high grossing pictures such as Noah which made $359 million in the box office.
Scott's first trailer for "Exodus: Gods and Kings" leaked earlier this month, but is no longer available. The part Moses will be played by Christian Bale who will lead the Israelites out of Egypt in the film, much like he did in the original Ten Commandments, which starred Charlton Heston. The trailer reveals that a lot of the film's focus will on Moses relationship with the ruler of Egypt, pharaoh Rhameses, who is played by Joel Edgerton.
The two are shown growing up together in the film and are portrayed as being close as brothers.
Scott is a shoe-in for historical epics as his 2000 film Gladiator starring Russell Crowe is regarded by many fans as a modern-day classic. His talents could bring new life to these Bible-based stories that have not yet been covered with big budgets and modern technology employed by Hollywood today.