‘King David’ Movie in the Works at Warner Bros.

'King David' Movie the Works Warner
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Warner Bros. is launching development on a “King David” project, setting up the biblical story with Gulfstream Pictures’ producers Mike Karz and Bill Bindley.

It’s the second David project in the works in Hollywood. Variety reported in July that Fox, Chernin Entertainment and Ridley Scott were developing a movie focusing on the king of Israel following the battle of David and Goliath.

The studio has optioned movie rights to the recently published book “David: The Divided Heart” by Rabbi David Wolpe. Warner Bros. and Gulfstream are co-financing the project’s development.

The script is being written by Nick Schoenfeld. Owen Stanley is executive producing.

“David is the most complex hero and anti-hero in the Bible,” Wolpe told Variety. “He’s a man who was a warrior, a prodigy, a poet, a king who united the nation and a man close to God who sins. I cannot imagine a more cinematic figure from the Bible.”

Wolpe is the rabbi at Los Angeles’ Sinai Temple, where Karz has attended for several decades. The rabbi, who has written other books about religion such as “Why Faith Matters,” mentioned the “David” book to Karz after submitting it for publication.

Wolpe said that Kirk Douglas recently sent the book to all the members of the congregation.

Niija Kuykendall and Cate Adams are overseeing “King David” for the studio. Josie Rosen and Matt Phelps are overseeing for Gulfstream.

Book rights were repped by Nancy Josephson at WME and the David Black Agency.

Warner-based Gulfstream produced three comedies this year: “The Nut Job,” “Blended” and “The Fluffy Movie.”

Fox is releasing Scott’s Bible-based “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” starring Christian Bale, in December.

David was last portrayed in a major film by by Richard Gere in 1985’s “King David,” directed by Bruce Beresford.

News about the “King David” project was first reported by the Tracking Board.


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  1. David Kolodzej says:

    King David will rise again

  2. Ian Newton says:

    Done properly this will be the one of the most successful films in all of history–The story of David seems like it was made to be a movie.

  3. Herson says:

    I can’t wait to see that new movie “king David”..awesome ..

  4. David Paul Kolodzej says:

    I want to play the lead role for King David. Can anyone give me directions to where to start or where I can sign up?

    David Paul Kolodzej
    404 246 6489

  5. feingarten says:


    I saw Gere’s version and always liked the last line where he asks God to hide his face no more.

    In hollyweird, there is no originality. First Noah, then Moses, now David- Ben-Hur being rebooted-

    Geez try something different

  6. Sure wish a screenwriter would consider…KING MIDAS” script I have been sitting on for over 3 years!!! Copyright on file and the ladies would rather see and ooo over a handsome, hot, tall and WEALTHY King than a brash and ruddy shepherd by TURNED King! LOl

  7. macd says:

    How soon they forget! Anyone remember the “King David” of the 1980s with Richard Gere in a diaper? Case closed.

    • donna Monroe says:

      I would ooh and ahh if the film was made correctly. King David was the greatest King that ever lived. He was a handsome fair complexioned Hebrew who had color, just not dark skinned. I always pictured him with bluish/green eyes more like the Mel Gibson of “BraveHeart.” A lot of Biblicbly based movies make their characters so stoic they don’t seem real. That’s why they don’t make money. Benhur of the same time period was done well with characters that moved and acted like real believable people. If a paralel was drawn between Saul and David iike in Benhur it would be more interesting. Saul was nearly seven foot tall and towered over all the people. David was humble and not that tall but a manly man and a great warrior/leader. David’s life was so packed with drama that it seems ilogical that no one has ever captured the real essence of his story. I truly hope with this new endeavor that they have the money, means, right cast and crew to pull it off and do the story justice.

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