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Paramount Considers Remaking 'Ten Commandments' Film

( [email protected] ) Jul 14, 2004 07:17 PM EDT

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures may produce a third version of the The Ten Commandments, a classic re-telling of the Israelites' exodus from Egypt.

Mark Gordon, the producer of The Day After Tomorrow, is already on board to produce the remake, and screenwriter Charles Randolph is slated to meet with Paramount Pictures about writing the story.

The film, based on the book of Exodus, was originally released in 1923 as a silent, mixed black-and-white film, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, featuring Theodore Roberts and Charles de Rochefort.

More than three decades later, DeMille remade the epic in a 1956 Technicolor feature starring Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, John Derek, Vincent Price and Edward G. Robinson. The remake was nominated for seven Academy Awards including best picture.

The upcoming third film will involve research-based treatments conducted by Randolph and Gordon during the production process. With the religious fervor that blessed the success of "The Passion" film, producers say that the new Moses movie will top the box office.