So. Yeah. Thanks to JDub Records’ blog for pointing out that someone has got it in their heads to make an epic biopic about Moses–with green screen technology all around. So says the post at JDub:

According to 20th Century Fox, “The Moses story will be told using the same green screen strategy as ’300,’ so it will feel more like that pic or ‘Braveheart’ than ‘The Ten Commandments,’ the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille film.”

So this movie is gonna be kind of like if Moses led 300 ancient commando Israelites out of Egypt while epically battling Pharaoh, who, in this version, will have a mysteriously and inhumanly deep voice. God help us.

The good news?

The popular mythical and magical elements inherent in the Book of Exodus will be there–including the plagues visited upon Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea–but [this] version will also include new elements of Moses’ life that the writers culled from Rabbinical Midrash and other historical sources.

Midrash, you say? Historical sources? Now I’m interested. Hopefully they’ll be wise enough to emulate DreamWorks, who, wile producing their super-awesome Prince of Egypt, hired acclaimed and also super-awesome biblical translator Everett Fox to be a consultant on the film.

For more on my love of Prince of Egypt and or Everett Fox and of their connectedness, check out this post at The Reform Shuckle.

9 Responses to “This! Is! SIIINAAAAIIIIIIIII!!!!!”

  1. I really hope the reference to midrash means we’ll see Moses leading the Ethiopian army.

    dlevy · October 13th, 2009 at 6:05 pm
  2. Explain, por favor. I don’t think I know what you’re referring to.

    David A.M. Wilensky · October 13th, 2009 at 8:55 pm
  3. JTS midrash professor burton l visotzky was also a consultant on “prince of egypt.”

    invisible_hand · October 13th, 2009 at 10:48 pm
  4. DAMW-
    Josephus wrote in Antiquities of the Jews that Moses was a commander of the Ethiopian army against Egypt. There are allusions to it in midrashic literature and in the gemara.

    Justin · October 14th, 2009 at 12:29 am
  5. [...] and it’s all positive and gung-ho in a way that appeals to 5-year-olds. And David’s post about the new Moses movie probably will owe more to 300 than Charlton Heston…but making an action movie about the Torah [...]

    From Last to First | Jewschool · October 14th, 2009 at 12:03 pm
  6. dlevy and Justin, thanks for that. Cool to know.

    David A.M. Wilensky · October 14th, 2009 at 1:35 pm
  7. Samuel L. Jackson should play Moses. “LET MY MOTHERFUCKIN PEOPLE GO!”

    shmuel · October 19th, 2009 at 8:37 pm
  8. Word! “I’m tired of these motherfuckin’ staffs turnin’ into mother fuckin’ snakes in this motherfuckin’ palace!”

    David A.M. Wilensky · October 19th, 2009 at 11:29 pm
  9. Good prepublicity for the Cecil B. DeMille biopic.

    CB DeMille · October 29th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

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