After leading the History Channel miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys" to 16 Emmy nominations, filmmaker Kevin Reynolds will be putting his talent and skills to use to tell the story of what transpired 40 days after Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. The 61-year-old "Waterworld" director will helm the LD Entertainment-financed and Patrick Aiello-produced "Resurrection".
The film, under the original script written by Patrick's brother Paul Aiello with revisions from Reynolds and Karen Janszen, will revolve around the Pontius Pilate-charged investigation by a Roman centurion over rumors of the resurrection. In his quest to find the missing body of the Nazarene to suppress a rebellion in Jerusalem, he meets the Apostles and related characters that will change his beliefs.
The new film project is the latest in a wave of religious epics that have recently taken Hollywood's fancy, like Ridley Scott's Moses movie "Exodus" and Darren Aronofsky's upcoming release "Noah". Although described as having a "Gladiator" tone, "Resurrection" is expected to be a family-friendly film fit for all ages.
Reynolds has been known for partnering with movie star Kevin Costner from the time of the '90s box-office hit "Dances with Wolves" to "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" and down to their more recent projects, including "Hatfields & McCoys". He is also credited for giving well-loved celebrity Samuel L. Jackson his first top-billing role in the 1997 dramatic thriller "One Eight Seven".