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Steven Spielberg Out of 'Gods and Kings', Ang Lee Eyed to Replace

March 15, 2013 (8:39 am) GMT
Warner Bros. Pictures has approached the 'Life of Pi' director after Steven Spielberg turned down the offer to helm the biblical movie.
Steven Spielberg Out of 'Gods and Kings', Ang Lee Eyed to Replace

Warner Bros. Pictures is reported reaching out to recent Oscars' Best Director winner Ang Lee to direct a biblical epic based on the Moses story called "". The studio immediately sets eyes on the 58-year-old filmmaker after failing to seal a deal with Steven Spielberg.

Lee is said "intrigued" by the offer, but has not been invited to have formal meetings with the studio yet. If he accepts to direct the "Braveheart"-ish version of the Moses story, it will be another new genre for Lee, who is well-known as a genre-hopping filmmaker.

Penned by "" scribe Stuart Hazeldine and "" screenwriter Michael Green, "Gods and Kings" is based on the Book of Exodus and other stories from the Old Testament. It follows the life of Moses from his birth to death. Dan Lin and Matti Lesham are on board to be the producers.

As reported earlier, Lee is now committed to make his TV directorial debut with the pilot for FX's "" from award-winning producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff. The project, which is written by Raff, marks the Taiwanese-born filmmaker's first project after "". Production on the pilot is scheduled to begin this summer in Morocco.

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