Everyone knows the story: Hebrew baby gets dropped off in a basket. Egyptian royals adopt the baby. Baby Moses grows up and rediscovers his Hebrew roots. There’s a burning bush, divine revelations and some plagues here and there – then Moses parts the Red Sea and saves his people from slavery.
In Exodus: Gods and Kings, director Ridley Scott reimagines the biblical epic. While it’s a huge undertaking, the director had no hesitations.
“The bigger the better,” Scott tells PEOPLE of his latest project, due in theaters Dec. 12. “It’s all pretty massive.”