The director of the first Harry Potter film Chris Columbus is looking to bring a movie about Jesus Christ as a kid to the big screen. The first thing to pop in my head as a concept when I first heard about this was Home Alone meets Jesus. But that is not what the movie will be at all.
Columbus' 1492 Pictures and CJ Entertainment have picked up the rights to the Anne Rice novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, and it tells the story of "a seven-year-old Jesus, who departs Egypt with his family to return home to Nazareth and discovers the truth about his birth, who he is, and his purpose in life."
Columbus is producing the project, and the movie will be directed Cyrus Nowrasteh who also co-wrote the screenplay with Betsy Nowrasteh.
According to Variety, "Rice actually came to Cyrus Nowrasteh first and asked if he would take on the project after seeing his film The Stoning of Soraya M. After agreeing to write and direct the project, Nowrasteh brought it to Columbus and Marnathan at 1492." Columbus made the following statement...
This film has the potential to be a cinematic classic, a picture that will appeal to all ages, all around the world. I am proud to be part of this incredible production.
This should definitely be an interesting movie that will make for all kinds of discussion and controversy. As long as it's a good movie with a good story, I don't care. This is one of those films where you just have to throw any kind of historical accurateness out the window.
Here's a description of the book:
Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most ambitious and courageous book, a novel about the early years of CHRIST THE LORD, based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship.
The book’s power derives from the passion its author brings to the writing and the way in which she summons up the voice, the presence, the words of Jesus who tells the story.
What are your thoughts on this young Jesus getting his own film?