We have tracked the entire life cycle of Steven Spielberg’s relationship with Gods and Kings, a Moses biopic written by Michael Green (Green Lantern) and Stuart Hazeldine (Exam). Warner Bros. asked Spielberg in September 2011. The director entered negotiations in November 2011. He was reportedly near a deal in January 2012. And now, according to Deadline, Spielberg has decided to drop the project. This is sad news for Warner Bros., but now they are free to move on—after all, time is an issue, because ideally the studio would like to beat Ridley Scott‘s competing Moses biopic (now titled Exodus) in the race to the multiplex. WB has reached out to Ang Lee to direct, now that he’s caught up to Spielberg’s two Best Director Oscars with his Life of Pi win. Lee is said to be interested, but hasn’t taken a formal meeting yet.
This is sure to be a high profile project once it gets the engine running, so we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, hit the jump for a rundown of the major events in Moses’ life.