The Ten Commandments: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cecil B. DeMille liked it so much he made it twice. Now, almost half a century later, Paramount Pictures is contemplating remounting The Ten Commandments yet again.
It would be the third time around for the studio, which had a hand in the tale's previous incarnations. Mark Gordon is already on board to produce, and screenwriter Charles Randolph is about to meet with the studio about writing the biblical epic.
While a new Moses movie could tap into some of the same religious fervor that blessed Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ at the boxoffice, Gordon and Randolph are believed to be interested in fashioning a serious, research-based treatment of the subject. Released in 1923, the first "Commandments" was a silent, mixed black-and-white footage with early Technicolor film and featured Theodore Roberts and Charles de Rochefort.
DeMille revisited the epic as a 1956 feature starring Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner and Anne Baxter. That film was nominated for seven Academy Awards including best picture.
Randolph's credits include Alan Parker's The Life of David Gale and The Interpreter, the Sydney Pollack-helmed feature starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn, which Randolph co-wrote with Scott Frank. Gordon's current projects include King Tut, Casanova, The Guide, The First Olympics and Killing Pablo. He also produced the recent hit The Day After Tomorrow.