It's taken over four years for film director Paul Verhoeven to get anyone to turn his 2008 book "Jesus of Nazareth" into a movie, but numerous sources last week say he's finally done it.
Deadline reported last Tuesday that Muse Productions will produce the film claiming Jesus Christ was the product of Mary being raped by a Roman soldier:
Jesus might have been the product of his mother being raped by a Roman soldier, which Verhoeven said was commonplace at the time, and that Jesus was a radical prophet who performed exorcisms and was convinced he would find the kingdom of Heaven on earth, and did not know he would be sentenced to die on the cross by Pontius Pilate. That, and the discounting of the miracles that pepper the New Testament, has made this a daunting project to set up.
Those not familiar with his name certainly will recognize some of Verhoeven's directorial hits including "Robocop," "Total Recall," and "Basic Instinct."
Roger Avary, who won an Oscar for co-writing 1994's "Pulp Fiction," has been tapped to adapt the book into a screenplay.
Indiewire noted Wednesday:
[T]he adaptation will depict Jesus in a more human light, hence the reason the miracles and the resurrection are being stripped from the story. Instead, Jesus will be portrayed as an ethicist and a radical prophet, whose message became too politically strong for the Romans to idly accept and endure. While that version may not seem blasphemous to Verhoeven, it more than likely is for many.
Given President Obama's recent "evolution," one has to wonder if the producers will figure out a way to implicitly or explicitly accuse Jesus of also being homosexual.
That's got to be next, right?
(HT The Blaze)