The bible is like Hansel: so hot right now! Earlier this year it was revealed that Darren Aronofsky was planning a $130 million budgeted epic about Noah's Ark, and now Warner Bros. wants Steven Spielberg for its Moses film 'Gods and Kings.' Deadline reports that no formal discussions have taken place yet, but Spielberg did read the script by Michael Green and Stuart Hazeldine, which follows Moses from birth to death. (Getting the always-busy Spielberg signed on will be the difficult part.) Between this, Aronofsky's film and Mel Gibson's take on Judah Maccabee's life, B.C. is having quite a moment. [Deadline]
Charming Dominic Cooper -- who stole scenes as young Howard Stark in 'Captain America' and wowed critics with his dual performance in 'The Devil's Double' -- is in talks to star in 'Motor City' for producer Joel Silver and director Albert Hughes. Cooper would play a felon seeking revenge on the men who framed him. [Variety]

Here's your awesome rumor for the day: Twitch reports that 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' star Rooney Mara is the top choice to play the female lead in Spike Lee's Americanized version of the cult film 'Oldboy.' Josh Brolin is already set for the male lead. Take this with a grain of salt, but note: Twitch was the first site to report Brolin's potential involvement over the summer. [Twitch]

Cherin Entertainment -- headed by Peter Cherin -- is close to acquiring an untitled pitch from screenwriters Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless and producer Gore Verbinski for what's being called a "futuristic 'Jungle Book.'" And you thought Hollywood was out of ides! [Deadline]

MTV talked to 'Prometheus' writer Damon Lindelof back during Comic-Con, and in the just-released video (take your time on the editing, fellas), the former 'Lost' showrunner reveals that you should probably check expectations for the potential 'Alien' prequel at the ticket booth. "I think one of the really cool things about the first 'Alien,' if you watch it cold, Ripley is kind in the background like one of the crew members, and you're like, 'Skerrit's [who played Captain Dallas] the hero of the movie,' and he's one of the first to go. And then you're like, 'It's [the engineer played by] Harry Dean Stanton.' And, no, he's gone... and suddenly Sigourney Weaver, in the last 40 minutes of the movie, is the only one left alive. I think the idea of building a really cool ensemble and again presenting the audience with like, 'Who's going to be left standing at the end of this movie? Maybe all of them. Probably not,' [that's] part of the fun of what we set out to do." [MTV]

Time for some year-end release date shuffling! 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' will open in IMAX on Dec. 16, but not in wide release until Dec. 21... where it will face off against the just-moved 'The Adventures of Tintin,' which was set for Dec. 23. Meanwhile, presumed Oscar favorite 'War Horse' moved up to Dec. 25 from Dec. 28, where it will go against 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.' [Deadline]

In other release date news: Warner Bros. has staked out Oct. 19, 2012 for 'Gangster Squad,' the 'L.A. Confidential'-y cops-and-crooks drama featuring Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and Emma Stone. Mark those calendars! [Deadline]

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