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Summit Entertainment has decided to venture into the desert to see if they can excavate some box office gold with the fantasy epic 'Gods of Egypt.' The basic premise here is that a union is forged between a mortal, a god, and a goddess as they battle evil forces in ancient Egypt. Yeah, I know, it's currently as vague as a half-faded hieroglyphic, but hopefully more details will surface soon. The script for 'Gods of Egypt' was penned by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless who are also working on the in-development 'Dracula: Year Zero.' Now it seems as if Alex Proyas ('Dark City,' 'I, Robot') is in talks to direct the film. As of this posting, no official deal has been finalized.
It's really difficult to judge a production like this when given so few details, but just based on what we know, this sounds like another 'Clash of the Titans'/'Immortals' epic adventure cash-in. In fact, one of the producers on 'Gods of Egypt' also produced 'Clash of the Titans' so it's easy to trace the motivation for this project. I just hope it's more character-driven, and frankly better written, than those tiresome outings. As to Alex Proyas, he runs hot and cold with me. 'Dark City' is great, and I even enjoyed 'I, Robot,' to a certain extent, but 'Knowing' is downright dreadful. That being said, it was a real shame when Legendary Pictures pulled the plug on Proyas' 'Paradise Lost' adaptation for failing to come in under budget. I only hope this isn't the quick, cheap rebound after that bad break up. Perhaps I'm being too pessimistic. What do you guys think?
Any Proyas fans out there? Do you like the idea of him helming a fantasy epic?