Scott Derrickson To Helm DAVID & GOLIATH

I imagine after a few days of working with Keanu Reeves on the set of The Day The Earth Stood Still remake, director Scott Derrickson probably already thought he was David fighting Goliath in trying to get something of a passable performance out of the (particularly on that movie) wooden actor. Deadline are reporting that Relativity Media have approached Derrickson with a big screen version of the classic David and Goliath biblical story that has been adapted for the screen by two rookies, John D. Payne and Patrick McKay. The project has been described as "an epic chase and adventure... on a heightened 300 level".
When the fierce warrior Goliath is sent to track down the foretold king of the Israelites, the young shepherd David gets thrust into an epic chase and adventure fighting for his own life, and his loved ones, in a battle between the young man and the giant.
A litle different from the bible's take but it's still more or less the classic young shepherd vs. the giant... the moral parable that became a cliche, especially for sporting events when the little guy/team took on a big guy/team. You know, upon seeing The Exorcism of Emily Rose five years ago, I had thought Derrickson was the real deal. Upon viewing his second film, The Day The Earth Stood Still, those thoughts had completely vanished. He can win me back over by doing a Caravaggio inspired, bloody, R-Rated and deadly serious David & Goliath tale. Something along the lines of 300, as intended, I'm certainly not opposed to. Just don't cast Keanu Reeves...
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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.