Ridley Scott Says EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Is His Biggest Film Yet; Talks Using VFX to Create a Massive Scope

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Yesterday, the first trailer debuted for director Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings.  The film certainly looks to be massive in scale with striking visuals, but the overall response was a bit mixed.  Some loved what they saw, others were more dubious.  Regardless, the pic is shaping up to be one of the biggest of the year, with Christian Bale taking on the role of Moses and Joel Edgerton playing Ramses in Scott’s iteration of the well-worn story.  The trailer showed brief glimpses of the plagues and the parting of the Red Sea, once again teasing the ginormous scale of the pic, and Scott recently took the time to discuss the film in more detail.

Scott admits that this is very likely the largest budgeted film he’s ever worked on, going on to talk about his approach to the pic’s visual palate and extensive visual effects.  Read on after the jump.

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Trailer: Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton Square Off in Ridley Scott’s Biblical Epic

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20th Century Fox has released the first Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer for director Ridley Scott’s upcoming Biblical epic.  The film stars Christian Bale as Moses, focusing on the figure’s struggle to free his enslaved people from their ancient Egyptian rulers as Joel Edgerton fills the role of Ramses.  The trailer is, well, curious.  The eyeliner is very heavy, and it almost feels like there was no effort whatsoever put into making Bale and Edgerton look like they fit into the time period (or, you know, anything resembling Egyptians).  That said, the visuals are striking and Scott certainly appears to be going all-out with the whole “Biblical epic” moniker.  I have a feeling this movie might be pretty weird.

Hit the jump to watch the first Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer.  The film also stars Ben KingsleyAaron PaulJohn Turturro, and Sigourney Weaver.  Exodus: Gods and Kings opens December 5, 2014.

New EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Posters and Images Place Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton in Ancient Egypt

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Ahead of the trailer debut later today, 20th Century Fox has released the first Exodus: Gods and Kings posters as well as some new high-resolution images from director Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic.  The film finds Christian Bale filling the role of Moses while Joel Edgerton (Warrior) plays Ramses, and it looks to be a rather curious picture.  The Australia-born Edgerton isn’t exactly the epitome of an ancient Egyptian, and the eclectic cast is filled out by the likes of Aaron Paul, Sir Ben Kingsley, John Turturro, and Sigourney Weaver.  We’ll have a much better idea of what to expect once the trailer hits, but for now these posters and images are certainly tantalizing.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Exodus: Gods and Kings posters and images, and check back later to watch the trailer.  The film opens in theaters on December 5th.

New EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Images Feature Christian Bale Getting Old Testament as Moses

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20th Century Fox has unveiled some new Exodus: Gods and Kings images ahead of the film’s trailer debut, which will come with next week’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  Directed by Ridley Scott, the epic retells the Moses story, with Christian Bale taking on the lead role and Joel Edgerton playing the Pharaoh Ramses.  From these debut images, its clear that Bale’s Moses won’t be pulling any punches.  With Ben Kingsley, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, and John Turturro also a part of the cast, the film certainly has a solid supporting lineup, and the last time Ridley Scott took on a period epic, the result was the excellent Kingdom of Heaven (well, the Director’s Cut at least).  I’ll admit the image of Weaver as Ramses’ mother is, uh, striking, but the prospect of the actress reteaming with her Alien and 1492 director is nonetheless exciting.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Exodus: Gods and Kings images, and look for the first trailer here on Collider soon.  The film opens in theaters on December 5th, just in time for the awards/holiday season.

Simon Kinberg Says Ridley Scott’s Next Film Will Be THE MARTIAN

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It appears as though Ridley Scott has settled on his next project.  Back in April, we learned that Scott had entered talks to direct the sci-fi film The Martian with Matt Damon set to star.  Speaking on Jeff Goldsmith’s podcast recently (via The Playlist), producer Simon Kinberg confirmed that The Martian will indeed be Scott’s next project, and in fact the film is gearing up to start production this fall.  Drew Goddard was initially attached to direct the Gravity-esque tale of an astronaut who is stranded on Mars and must make his way home, but was forced to drop out of the director’s chair due to his Sinister Six commitments.  However, Goddard completed what Kinberg describes as an “incredible script”, and it looks like Scott will next be heading to the Red Planet to bring the project to fruition.

Hit the jump for more, including where this leaves Prometheus 2.

Will Smith Eyes Football Concussion Picture for Writer-Director Peter Landesman

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After recently dropping out of Julius Onah’s Brilliance, Will Smith’s schedule is pretty open.  Sure, he’s got a few announced films, including a Hancock sequel and a third installment of Bad Boys, but his original film slate is pretty empty.  Enter an untitled picture from writer-director Peter Landesman, who adapted the GQ article, “Game Brain.”  The Ridley Scott-produced picture set up at Sony is described as “a drama focusing on the debilitating effects that concussions are having on our sports heroes, and the role that league owners play in allowing it to happen.”  Hit the jump for more on Smith’s potential role.

Offer out to Harrison Ford to Reprise His Role as Deckard in Ridley Scott’s BLADE RUNNER Sequel

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Alcon Entertainment has sent out a press release announcing that they’ve put out an offer to Harrison Ford to reprise his role as Rick Deckard in Ridley Scott‘s Blade Runner sequel.  It’s a bit unusual for a production company to announce that they’re courting an actor; usually, press releases state that the actor is officially on board.  I’m sure this news is making fans happy, and Ford has expressed his interest in returning for the sequel on multiple occasions.  The press release doesn’t provide any details on the story other than saying it takes place several decades after the original.  It also doesn’t state the size of the role, but presumably it would be the lead, or at least one of the leads (maybe they’d hand it off to a younger actor?).  With an offer out to Ford, we don’t know if Scott plans to make Blade Runner 2 his next movie, but it’s certainly an interesting development/studio power play.

Hit the jump for Alcon Entertainment’s press release regarding Blade Runner 2 and Harrison Ford.  Ford is currently reprising another of his classic roles by starring in Star Wars: Episode VII, and he’ll be seen later this summer in The Expendables 3.  As for Scott, he’s currently in talks to direct The Martian starring Matt Damon.

Ridley Scott in Talks to Direct THE MARTIAN Starring Matt Damon

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About a month ago, Drew Goddard had to exit 20th Century Fox’s sci-fi film The Martian due to his commitment to directing Sony’s The Sinister Six.  While Matt Damon remains on board the film as star, director Ridley Scott is now reported as being in talks to helm the picture.  Goddard was attached to direct his own adaptation of Andy Weir’s e-book, and though he’ll be stepping away from the director’s chair, it looks like his screenplay will remain in place, at least initially.  The story follows one of the first people to walk on Mars who becomes stranded and must struggle against insurmountable odds in order to survive.  Hit the jump for more on The Martian and Scott’s involvement.

Michael Fassbender Says PROMETHEUS 2 Is a Go; Doesn’t Know When They’ll Begin Filming

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During the press day for 12 Years a Slave, Steve asked Michael Fassbender the status of Prometheus 2, and Fassbender quickly responded, “I don’t know.”  Today at the junket for X-Men: Days of Future Past, the question came up again, and this time he said the project is a go, although he didn’t know when it would begin filming.  When we last reported on the film, it seemed like filming was already given the greenlight, but then another report said that there was no release date, it’s unclear if Ridley Scott would return to direct, and that they’ve only hired a new writer (Michael Green).  It’s still unclear if Scott wants to get in the director’s chair again, but Fassbender’s confirmation is still a step forward in the project’s development.  I, for one, am excited to see the continuing adventures of David’s disembodied head.

Hit the jump to check out what Michael Fassbender had to say about the Prometheus sequel.

Microsoft Adds Another Live-Action HALO Digital Project; Ridley Scott to Produce, Sergio Mimica-Gezzan to Direct

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Turns out there was something behind that Ridley Scott/Halo rumor from January.  The Wrap reports Scott and David Zucker of Scott Free will produce a live-action Halo project with Xbox Entertainment Studios and 343 Industries.  Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (Battlestar Galactica) will direct from a script by Paul Scheurig (Prison Break), set in the 26th century around “a surgically-enhanced super soldier who is not Master Chief.”  The format of the “chaptered digital feature project” is reportedly similar to Machima’s Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn five-part series.

Note that this is entirely separate from Steven Spielberg’s live-action Halo project, although Mimic-Gezzan served as first assistant director on eight Spielberg films including Minority Report and Saving Private Ryan.  It is expected Microsoft will reveal more about Scott’s Halo project at E3 in June and release it by the end of 2014.  Watch the first part of Forward Unto Dawn after the jump.

Ridley Scott to Next Direct PROMETHEUS Sequel for March 4, 2016 Release; Filming Will Begin This Fall [Updated]

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When 20th Century Fox announced a glut of release dates last week, buried among the many superhero sequels and team-ups was an Untitled Ridley Scott Project dated for March 2016.  Scott has a number of projects on his plate at the moment, but many wondered whether this untitled project might be the Blade Runner sequel that’s been heating up over the past year, or maybe even the promised Prometheus 2.  Well it appears that the mystery has been solved, as The Wrap reports that the untitled project is indeed a Prometheus sequel.  Moreover, a new writer has been brought onboard and Scott is now eyeing a fall production start-date for the pic.  More after the jump.

[Update: Variety confirms that a new writer has been hired for Prometheus 2, but notes that it's unclear whether Scott will direct and that the film is still undated.  The Wrap's reporter doesn't appear to be disputing Variety's claims, so it's possible the initial story jumped the gun a bit. Hopefully more will be clear soon, but our original story follows after the jump.]

Aaron Paul Talks NEED FOR SPEED, Practical Stunts, Car Porn, Ridley Scott’s EXODUS, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed.  For those unfamiliar with the film, it chronicles a cross-country race against time as a blue-collar mechanic (Aaron Paul) who was framed for manslaughter by a wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver (Dominic Cooper) sets out for revenge in a high-stakes underground racing tournament.  Need for Speed also stars Imogen PootsMichael KeatonDakota Johnson and Kid Cudi.  For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverage.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Aaron Paul.  He talked about the abundance of car porn in the film, filming the practical stunts, what city he’d love to return to (they filmed around the United States), what it was like working with Ridley Scott and Christian Bale on Exodus, what Exodus is about, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

KLONDIKE Review: Discovery’s First Scripted Series Is a Wild West Adventure

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Discovery is following in History’s footsteps, expanding their brand to include scripted offerings alongside their large, unscripted catalogue.  Also like History, they’ve chosen to pick a story that goes back in time, and in the case of Klondike, one that compliments their myriad of gold-related programming.  The instinct is not wrong, the execution is good.  Klondike, produced by Ridley Scott, focuses on the late 1890s Klondike gold rush, as explored through the experiences of a young fortune seeker, Bill Haskell (Game of ThronesRichard Madden).  It will premiere in three, two-hour installments on consecutive nights.  Hit the jump for why, “if it’s in the newspapers, it’s over.”

Movie Rights to V.E. Schwab’s VICIOUS Acquired by Ridley Scott’s Production Company

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There’s a Vicious little movie in the works, even if the novel adaptation is only in the earliest stages of development.  Ridley Scott’s production company Scott Free has teamed up with Story Mining & Supply Co. to acquire the feature rights to V.E. Schwab’s superhero novel.  I know, you might be a little burned out on super-powered properties at the moment, but Schwab’s Vicious is a different beast than the mega-popular comicbook characters that have graced the screen so far.  Hit the jump for more.

Fox to Remake MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS with Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, and Mark Gordon

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20th Century Fox has acquired the feature rights to the Agatha Christie classic Murder on the Orient Express.  The book takes place on the luxurious train, stuck in a snowdrift in Yugoslavia.  That night a man is murdered, but fortunately cunning detective Hercule Poirot is aboard to solve the case.  THR reports Ridley Scott (Prometheus) will produce alongside Mark Gordon (Source Code) and Simon Kinberg (Elysium).  Scott is currently shooting the Biblical epic Exodus and recently stated his next two projects are already set, so he is likely too busy to direct the Christie adaptation.

Albert Finney played Poirot in the 1974 adaptation that earned six Oscar nominations.  Alfred Molina took on the role in 2001 TV movie that was not received quite so well.  Fox is still looking for a writer, so no word on who might play the Belgian detective this time around.  But I expect a thorough casting search since there are 33 novels and 50 short stories that offer plenty of material for a Poirot franchise if Murder on the Orient Express is successful.  Check out the book synopsis and 1974 trailer after the break.

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