Paul Verhoeven to Adapt Controversial Book 'Jesus of Nazareth' to the Big Screen

Paul Verhoeven to Adapt Controversial Book 'Jesus of Nazareth' to the Big Screen

The original 'RoboCop' helmer, who also wrote the book, has tapped Oscar winner Roger Avary to pen the script which centers on the denial that Jesus is a real Mesiah.

While Darren Aronofsky gets ready to film "Noah" and Ridley Scott as well as Steven Spielberg plan each of their Moses films, filmmaker Paul Verhoeven is preparing to make a feature film about Jesus Christ. The planned biblical film will be based on Verhoeven's controversial book "Jesus of Nazareth".

According to Deadline, Verhoeven, who helmed the original "RoboCop", was backed by Chris Hanley who will finance the ambitious project. The script, meanwhile, will be provided by Roger Avary, who won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay thanks to his work in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction".

Verhoeven claimed that he wrote "Jesus of Nazareth" after immersing himself in the history and researching about the life of Jesus Christ. In the book, however, the Dutch filmmaker discounted all of the miracles that inform the New Testament including the immaculate conception and the resurrection.

The book sparked a controversy because it claimed that Jesus might have been the product of Mary who was raped by a Roman soldier. It also stated 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."

Explaining his controversial point of view to Deadline back in 2011, Vergoeven said, "If you look at the man, it's clear you have a person who was completely innovative in the field of ethics."

"My own passion for Jesus came when I started to realize that. It's not about miracles, it's about a new set of ethics, an openness towards the world, which was anathema in a Roman-dominated world," he added. "I believe he was crucified because they felt that politically, he was a dangerous person whose following was getting bigger and bigger."

"Jesus' ideals are about the utopia of human behavior, about how we should treat each other, how we should step into the shoes of our enemy."




    Oct 08, 2012

    Obviously the writer of this book and makers of this film are enemies of the church. What proof do they have that Mary was raped? The Bible was written by those who followed our Lord, his apostles, inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit would not allow for lies to be written in His name. This movie is just another way for Hollywood to make its major dollars and TRY to turn people away from their faith. I will pray for these people, they will will have to stand in front of the Lord on judgment day. Then they will know the truth. May the Lord have mercy on them.

    Jun 25, 2012

    Of course they didn't know @Realitycheck. Christians, by design, are generally the least knowledgeable about the actual history surrounding their faith and the book at the center of it. Researching the actual history surrounding the Bible, a book viewed widely as infallible, is basically seen as questioning God and in turn being without faith. This alone prevents Christians from educating themselves. Instead they bury their heads in a devotional approach to the book and take their pastors' word for everything without question. Funny thing is, in seminary many of their pastors were taught via the historical-critical method which brings forth tons of legitimate questions they magically forget when it's time to lead the flock. It just so happens the perpetuation of this illusion is critical to them receiving a nice salary for the rest of their lives.

    Jun 21, 2012

    I will ACTIVELY BOYCOTT this film and its director!!!...and agressively spread the word to everyone I encounter to follow suit!!!...satan 'manipulated' this project, and certainly realizes who Jesus Christ IS, and delights in weilding his influence in the genre of 'entertainment' to a seemingly bottomless pit of ignorant sheeple; souls that satan 'wishes' to claim as his domain...Hollywood is bound in satan's shackles, and eats from his hand to appease only its insatiable financial appetite.

    Jun 21, 2012

    As a Christian, people should look for truth. Did you even know that Jesus was never called Jesus during his lifetime. /the name Jesus was given to him many years after his death. As a Christian, do you even know the true name of the person you worship? It is never uttered or spoken of world wide for what reason? Why do people not call him by the name he use during his life? Most Christians don't have a clue to the reality of how and why his name was changed to Jesus. If you as a Christian don't know this then you should find out and question why. Why is fiction such a major role of Christian celebrations like Easter and Christmas and the changing of his real name to Jesus. Go figure, go find out...

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