Who’d a thunk that a book that attacks Christianity would be adopted by the media as the greatest thing in the world and Hollywood would make it into a movie? Yeah, just about everyone, right? The book is called “Zealot” and essentially paints Jesus as a violent radical intent on revolution. And pretty much anything that doesn’t fit into Aslan’s caricature of Jesus is written off as the inventions of those who came later.
Lionsgate announced today that it has acquired the feature film rights to internationally acclaimed author Dr. Reza Aslan’s provocative New York Times bestseller Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.
Erik Feig, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group’s President of Production, said, “Reza Aslan has written a remarkable book that manages to bring the ancient world into contemporary relief and to make a timeless story very timely. We are excited to create this uniquely cinematic and immersive world for moviegoers to experience.”
Dr. Aslan commented, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Lionsgate. Their vision for Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth is aligned with my objective in writing the book, which was to illuminate the life of Jesus in a humanistic, as opposed to religious, context.”
Aslan is a Muslim who attempts to remove any divinity from Jesus. This movie, I’m sure, will get loads of attention from the media and then it’ll be almost completely ignored by most people. It’ll lose money in the box office and then Hollywood will say that’s why they don’t make movies about Christianity -because they bomb at the box office.
Fr. Barron wrote about Aslan’s book. You can read his take here.