Reza Aslan

Jesus was a pretty controversial dude, having appeared on numerous slices of burnt toast, tortillas, and misshapen Cheetos worldwide. He may also have done other things I’m forgetting (although somehow I doubt it). Either way, it comes as no surprise that someone’s stepped up to translate Jesus’s story for the big screen- it’s happened many times before, and now it’s happening again. The newest, Christ-iest film now comes from Lionsgate, who just snapped up the rights to Reza Aslan‘s book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.” “Zealot” differs from the usual Jesus-lit in one key area: it portrays Jesus as just one of many Jewish zealots preaching in ancient times- a political revolutionary, but by no means the most popular zealot around (and considerably less popular at the time than his contemporary, John the Baptist). In a statement, Aslan spoke of himself and Lionsgate as two peas in pod, both excited to “illuminate the life of Jesus in a humanistic, as opposed to religious, context.” What that translates into, essentially, is a Jesus movie that’s not so much about Christianity or any specific faith, and more about a guy just trying to preach at people in ancient times.

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