Warner Bros. has picked up Samson, a pitch for a retelling of the Samson and Delilah story set in the future.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. prevailed in a three-studio bidding battle. The seven-figure deal comes despite a sluggish year so far for deals on material. Aside from a strong writer and director, the project sparked bidding because it had a big idea that can be shaped into a tentpole project in which the concept is the star.
Scott Silver will write the script, and Francis Lawrence will direct. Erwin Stoff will produce through 3 Arts.
Samson gives a futuristic twist to the story of the biblical strongman who was invincible until he was betrayed by Delilah, to whom he entrusted the secret that his strength came from his long hair.
No production date has been set.