Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Exodus: Gods And Kings--Posters & Controversy

Three new posters from Ridley Scott's upcoming Biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings" have arrived courtesy of  Fox and The IMDb.

 Joel Edgerton plays Ramesses in the film squaring off against Christian Bale as Moses in this famed take on the story of the prophet leading the children of Israel out of slavery in Egypt.

Aaron Paul will play the Hebrew slave Joshua who goes on to lead the people onto the promised land after Moses.  Sigourney Weaver and John Turturro will portray the parents of the pharoah Ramses.

Bill Collage and Adam Cooper penned the early script that Steve Zaillian reworked.

Peter Chernin Zaillian and Garrett Basch will produce the film.

The film is set for release on Dec 12, 2014.

These one sheets hit as a very minor controversy is brewing on some Christian websites according to THR.

Talking with a group of reporters last month in Los Angeles, Bale spoke about his role as Moses and says: "I think the man was likely schizophrenic and was one of the most barbaric individuals that I ever read about in my life."

That in conjunction with a comment from Scott that The Parting of the Red Sea sequence will apparently be due to an earthquake in the film has caused a bit of a stir.

With the success of productions like "The Bible" mini-series, studios are pursuing the faith-based dollar more and more. It's a very lucrative market, but highly discerning one which has very strict ideas about how things should be portrayed on screen.

One film critic says the Bale comment is worrying as it "speculates about what was going on inside Moses' head". Faith Driven Consumer  founder Chris Stone says he's disturbed by Bale's remarks. Stone's group raised a fuss prior to the release of Darren Aronofsky's " Noah," with Bale's comments he tells the trade:

"There's nothing in the biblical history that supports that [Moses' schizophrenia and barbarism].It's an indication that there will be a tremendous disconnect between Bale's interpretation and the expectations of the market. It's accurate to portray Moses as an imperfect hero, so Christians won't take issue with that. But to be so extreme as to call him one of the most barbaric people in history, that sounds like he's going out of his way to distance himself from the very people you'd think he wants to appeal to. It tells me that he's worried about Hollywood peer approval while looking down on the public, because he certainly doesn't want to be associated with the religious or the far right.Like we said with Noah, they've got the right to do whatever they want with their movie, but a lot of people just said, 'That's not my story,' and they stayed away. We can see the same thing happening with Exodus."

While the "Noah" box-office was just $101 million in  North American, internationally it did very well with $258 million . "Exodus: Gods and Kings" is expected to do blockbuster business overseas too--will it be a hit here as well?

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