Jesus Comes to Lionsgate Via ‘Zealot’ Deal

Reza-Aslan
Alex Wong/Getty Images

Aslan's book published in July

Lionsgate has acquired the feature film rights to Reza Aslan’s book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.”

“Zealot” challenges long-held assumptions about Jesus by examining him through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived. Random House Publishing Group published the work in July.

Lionsgate has not set up the project with a producer. Aslan’s first book was “No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam.”

Production president Erik Feig, Gillian Bohrer and James Myers are overseeing the project for the studio.

“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,” Feig said. ” We are excited to create this uniquely cinematic and immersive world for moviegoers to experience.”

Aslan said Lionsgate’s vision for “Zealot” is aligned with his objective in writing the book: “to illuminate the life of Jesus in a humanistic, as opposed to religious, context.”

Aslan was represented in the deal by UTA working in association with Elyse Cheney of Cheney Literary in New York and attorney Michael Schenkman of Bloom Hergott et al. Robert Melnik and Philip Strina negotiated the deal for Lionsgate.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading