Eli Roth, Eric Newman, and Scott Kosar Involved in History Channel’s New Jesus Project that Could Include Exorcism
We’ve all heard it said that Jesus was the first zombie, but the first exorcist? If this latest news of a potential series on History is correct, that’s exactly how he’ll be portrayed! Read on for the details.
Per Deadline, following the success of its blockbuster “The Bible,” the cable network is exploring another project about Jesus that would show him in a more controversial light with deals being finalized with feature writer Scott Kosar (The Machinist) and producers Eli Roth (pictured; the Hostel franchise) and Eric Newman (The Thing remake).
Titled “The Lost Years,” the program will explore the undocumented years of Jesus’ life as a young adult. Because the project is in very early stages, it is unclear whether it would be developed as a regular series or a miniseries.
Here’s how the site describes it: “The Lost Years” is based on an original idea by Kosar, who developed it with Roth and Newman. All three have strong horror pedigree – Kosar co-wrote The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, and The Crazies; and Roth and Newman jointly produced The Last Exorcism franchise in addition to their other horror credits. “The Lost Years” was conceived in the horror genre, and it explores a theory about Jesus’ origins as an exorcist. The practice of exorcism, which is done in the name of Jesus, was not officially introduced until about a century after Jesus’ death. It involves ridding someone’s body of demons and evil spirits. In ancient times, when medicine was in its infancy, healing was done mainly on a spiritual level, essentially treating ailments by getting demons out the body. Thus the theory that, as the most powerful healer of his time, Jesus performed rituals akin to exorcism.”
Okay then. We’ll keep our eyes on this one and let you know how it plays out.
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