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He has financing for his Biblical pic

19 June 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Paul Verhoven Sees Jesus Christ

Directors like Lars Von Trier have largely taken over the job of controversy-baiting from Paul Verhoeven these days, but he’s not done stirring things up just yet. Deadline is reporting that the man who made Basic Instinct has secured both financing and a writer for his sure-to-be-thorny cinematic take on Jesus Of Nazareth.

Pulp Fiction writer Roger Avary is the man Verhoeven has chosen to adapt the book about Christ that the director himself co-wrote with Susan Massotty and Rob Van Scheers. After years of research, Verhoeven published the book, called Jesus Of Nazareth, that essentially posits the idea that he existed, but that all of the miraculous parts of his life were pure fiction. Nope, no one’s going to take issue with that idea…

Even Verhoeven is aware of the firestorm he could be igniting, as he made clear to us way back in 2006: “Essentially it is about Jesus the human being. That's a big step isn’t it? To see him only as a human being, and it’s as historical as possible. It really goes into the politics of the time and tries to show a lot of things that have been buried and eliminated by Christianity. My scriptwriter told me not to do the movie in the United States because they might shoot me. So I took his advice and decided to write a book about it first.”

“I was interested in Black Magic and the Occult and then started to be interested in miracles. My view was always, 'Well this is impossible, in fact it’s self-contradictory.' So I became interested in the historical facts: what time did he get up and so on. I feel like Hercule Poirot investigating Jesus!”

Muse Productions’ Chris Hanley is apparently the person with the open wallet who wants to help get the movie made. And while we’re sure this will be a hot potato, particularly in the US, it's back in the news at a time when Biblical movies are all the rage again. Darren Aronofsky is prepping Noah, Steven Spielberg wants to craft a take on Moses and Ridley Scott is developing Exodus. It's only a matter of time until David Fincher makes The Book Of Numbers.

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Paul Verhoeven to direct Jesus of Nazareth
Wow! Looking forward to it! I've known for a while of Verhoeven's interest in the subject - I remember him talking about it in one of his commentaries. The whole Jesus as a human view and so on. The thing is to always have an objective view of things, you may not neccessarily agree with something, but you should respect peoples opinions. Therefore, I really do hope this film does not come under attack like The Last Temptation of Christ did - another film which was taken the wrong way. More

Posted by Nexus Wookie at 01:15 on 23 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Paul Verhoven Sees Jesus Christ
This won't be controversial in the slightest. You just know in advance what all the Bible-bashing pinheads will say about this sight-unseen. t Temptation of Christer again. Which is a real shame cos Verhoeven's been planning this for years and couldn't be more serious about the subject. A mathematician to trade(!), Verhoeven is actually a member of some high-powered theological committee in America made up of some serious intellectual heavyweights which meets annually to discuss The Life More

Posted by chris kilby at 23:32 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

well ish innit?
of coursh well yesh the v2sss More

Posted by GALLYMOO at 19:26 on 22 June 2012 | Report This Post

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