Scott Derrickson in talks to helm biblical project

Relativity Media is turning to the Bible, setting up a “Goliath” project as an action film with Scott Derrickson (“The Exorcism of Emily Rose”) in negotiations to direct.

Film is based on a screenplay by John D. Payne & Patrick McKay. Ryan Kavanaugh and Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen are producing and Tucker Tooley is exec producing.

Project’s being developed as a retelling of the biblical tale of David and Goliath in the spirit of films like “The Bourne Identity,” “Taken” and “300″ — set in ancient times but with a modern feel.

Story will focus on Goliath being sent to track down the foretold king of the Israelites, the young shepherd David, with an epic chase climaxing in the battle between the two.

In the book of Samuel, David tells Goliath, “This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down, and cut off your head.”

Derrickson’s credits include “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” Godfrey and Bowen are producers on the “Twilight” films and another Biblical tale, “The Nativity Story.”

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