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Ridley Scott, Peter Chernin to Produce Biblical Movie ‘David’ for Fox

Jonathan Stokes will write the script, which will follow the Old Testament hero after he slays Goliath

20th Century Fox, Chernin Entertainment and Ridley Scott‘s Scott Free have hired Jonathan Stokes to write an untitled Biblical movie about David, from the classic Old Testament tale of David and Goliath, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

David eventually became the King of Israel after slaying Goliath, and the film is expected to focus on his reign rather than the battle with his formidable foe.

It’s unlikely that Ridley Scott would direct, according to one insider, given that Scott has plenty on his plate including “The Martian,” a “Prometheus” sequel and a movie about football concussions.

Fox, Chernin and Scott recently teamed on another Biblical epic, “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” which is expected to release its first trailer Tuesday in advance of its Dec. 20 release.

Biblical movies have been hot lately, with Paramount’s “Noah” grossing more than $350 million worldwide.

Stokes previously wrote “Blood Mountain” and “Murders & Acquisitions.” He’s repped by UTA.

The news was first reported by Variety.