“I hope we haven’t gone back to those 40s and 50s biblical films,” Ridley Scott‘s production manager Arthur Max told Yahoo. “We looked at them and they were useful for what NOT to do. The technology was very primitive. The style of acting is very stilted and period-dated.” So, what does that mean? Go big, or go home.
Yes, “Exodus: Gods And Kings” is based on the Bible, but the hope is that it’s the word of God, mixed with a little contemporary sizzle. “Everyone hears about the pyramids, how amazing they are, but the great pyramid in Giza is only 440 foot high, a 40-story building. Then, it was fantastic, but now we need to pump up the scale a little bit,” Max said. “Ridley is trying to romanticise the story he’s telling, rather than a ‘scholastic British museum goes to the Cairo museum’ type of storytelling.”
Whether it works or not we’ll have to see. ‘Exodus’ can be called a lot of things, but dusty and musty isn’t one of them. Starring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro, Indira Varma and María Valverde, you can get your Bible on starting December 12th. Watch the trailer below.