Steven Spielberg to Command Moses Biopic

Or as we like to call it, the prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Back in September, Steven Spielberg's name was batted about as a potential director for Gods and Kings, a new biopic about Moses, a biblical hero whose "Greatest Hits" album includes such classics as The Ten Plagues, Parting the Red Sea and The Ten Commandments. The script, by Green Lantern scribe Michael Green and  Stuart Hazeldine (whose script for Paradise Lost is epic enough that the Alex Proyas directed, Bradley Cooper-starring production was delayed back in December), reimagines Moses as a warrior leader in the vein of Braveheart. At the time it seemed like a pipe dream. Of course Universal wanted Steven Spielberg to direct the movie. We're pretty sure that every production company in the world wants Steven Spielberg to direct every movie on their slate. But now – surprise! – it's actually close to becoming a reality.

Deadline reports that Steven Spielberg is close to signing a deal to direct Gods and Kings, a large scale action-adventure film that Universal reportedly wants him to film in a similar style to his 1998 World War II movie Saving Private Ryan. It also – and seriously, hurray for this – won't be filmed in 3D, which these days means it will probably be converted to 3D at the last minute in a last ditch effort to increase ticket prices, like with The Avengers, but that's just us being cynical. Even if the deal goes smoothly, Gods and Kings won't begin production until 2013, because Steven Spielberg is a busy guy. He's still finishing up his current historical biopic, Lincoln, and is prepping his the more blockbuster-y production of Robopocalypse as we speak.

CraveOnline will be back with more Gods and Kings news after we dig for Tanis.