On the same day that the first trailer for his Moses movie—Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale—debuted on the Internet, Ridley Scott has announced his intention to tackle another Biblical epic. As first reported in Variety, Scott, Exodus producer Peter Chernin, and 20th Century Fox are re-teaming for a movie about David, the boy who slew Goliath and grew up to be the exalted king of Israel.
Jonathan W. Stokes, who penned the script for the Benedict Cumberbatch project Blood Mountain, is writing a screenplay that will focus on David’s reign as king, following his early battle with the giant Philistine. Scott, however, may only produce—and not direct—depending on his schedule, though obviously, 20th Century Fox would welcome the Oscar nominee behind the camera for what presumably would be another big-budget adventure. As yet, no director has been announced.
David has been depicted in several previous Hollywood movies, most notably 1951’s David and Bathsheba with Gregory Peck, and 1985’s King David, with Richard Gere. With Darren Aronofsky’s Noah grossing a healthy $359 million around the globe, and Scott’s Exodus film primed for a December holiday release, one thing is clear: Bible epics are suddenly hot again.