Fox, Scott Free and Chernin Reteam on Biblical King David Film (EXCLUSIVE)

Peter Chernin Ridley Scott King David

Jonathan Stokes will pen script of 'David and Goliath' inspired tale

Though their first collaboration on the Moses tale “Exodus: Gods and Kings” doesn’t bow till December, 20th Century Fox, Chernin Entertainment and Ridley Scott are already looking to reteam on another Old Testament character, David.

Sources tell Variety that Fox has tapped Jonathan Stokes to pen an untitled pic inspired by the character from the “David and Goliath” tale and focusing on the King of Israel. Though the plot is under wraps, it’s likely that the film would focus on the king’s reign post-Goliath.

Going by the working title “David,” Scott would produce through his Scott Free banner and along with Chernin Entertainment.

It’s also unclear if Scott is considering directing. Scott is considering several projects for his next one following “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” including “The Martian,” starring Matt Damon, and the next installment of “Prometheus.”

Since this would be a large-scale undertaking in a similar vein to “Noah” and “Exodus,” Fox would likely want to wait to shoot “David” until Scott is available, but currently no director is set.

Hollywood continues to show interest in biblical characters. Besides “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” Paramount recently saw success with “Noah,” which brought in $359 million worldwide including $100 million domestically.

As for Stokes, the UTA and Management SGC-repped writer has several films in development including “Murder and Acquisitions” for KatzSmith Productions.

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  1. Among the most eloquent, gripping and visually elegant screenplays I have ever read is the one that was butchered for the Richard Gere movie on King David. I think it was written by James Costigan and Andrew Birkin.

  2. did Hollywood forget David’s story was mostly recently told with Richard Gere as David?

  3. TONY says:

    These movies really don’t touch on the soul of The Bible or God. They are just cheap representations of Hollywood’s attempt to exploit Biblical stories.
    Hollywood is afraid to tell a another story of Jesus. Thank you Mel for The Passion!

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