August 28, 2013

Let My Ripley Go! Ridley Scott and Sigourney Weaver Ride Again In Exodus


The good news? Jesus loves you.

Just kidding.

The real good news is that, according to THR, Ridley Scott and Sigourney Weaver are working together again on the big screen. The bad news? Well, there isn’t any. Unless you were hoping this pairing somehow worked into a Prometheus sequel. And if Ripley somehow shows up Prometheus 2, then Damon Lindelof can smile in the knowledge that some other hack writer out there will know ridicule more intimately than he does.

Anyway, Scott, no stranger to historical epics, has been lining up the cast for his biblical one. He’ll be directing and producing Exodus, for 20th Century Fox, reuniting with Weaver for the first time since 1492: Conquest of Paradise. She’ll be playing Tuya, the mother of Ramses (Joel Edgerton). Christian Bale is Moses (pretty sure the bearer of the Commandments didn’t have much of a sense of humor to begin with) and John Turturro will be portraying Tuya’s husband, Seti. Perhaps he will implore that she to look into her heart.

Meanwhile, as if the cast wasn’t looking promising enough, Deadline reports that Sir Ben Kingsley is in talks to come on board and Jesse Pinkman himself, Aaron Paul has signed on to play yet another slave, though this one is named Joshua.

With a new pass at the script being penned by Steve Zaillian and an awards-ready December 2014 release date looming, something tells me this is getting fast-tracked since Aronofsky’s Noah picture seems poised to clean up with the religious crowd. It’s a relatively untapped market right now (unless you like really shitty, pedantic, independently-produced morality tales) and the prospect of two great directors taking on the myths of the Old Testament has even an avowed agnostic like me pretty excited.

Did you realize The Conjuring was a hardcore, stealth Christian film? Most believers never get a horror movie so in line with their sensibilities that’s actually worth watching. Praise God in the comments!