ChristianCinema.com is reporting that director Scott Derrickson, who considers himself to be Christian, is wanting to do a big screen rendition of the Biblical tale of Goliath with Relativity Media. This would be a retelling with inspiration from 300 and The Bourne Identity. Those are two films that I don’t consider to be very similar, but I guess the idea is that David is some sort of super guy who can take on many people at once–or just one big giant.
ChristianCinema references The Hollywood Reporter and so far the gyst of the story is that “…when the fierce warrior Goliath is sent to track down a foretold king of the Israelites. A young shepherd David is thrust into an epic chase and adventure fighting for his own life, the lives of his loved ones and eventually the lives of his people.” The ending to the movie is an ultimate showdown and we should assume someone’s head gets cut off.
Derrickson is known for his past films The Exorcism of Emily Rose and the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still.
Already, I can sense enough conflict that the idea could be torn into several different directions from wanting to modernize the tale with “cool” video effects and rock music to Christians concerned about too much violence. If you’re going for anything like 300 then you’re going for unrelenting comic book style violence. It is, however, one of the best tales of the Bible–though doubtful if they’ll mention the possibly gay relationship young David had with Jonathan (read The X-Rated Bible for more in-depth look). I certainly would like to see more on King David than Richard Gere’s version from the eighties.
So far, the best rendition of David and Goliath has been on The Simpsons TV show!