Following the ratings success of “The Bible” miniseries, hopes are high that a new minseries already in production, called “Jesus of Nazareth,” will soon find a U.S. network to air it. The new film is not a remake of the classic Franco Zeffirelli miniseries (the best Jesus film ever made, in my opinion), but will be its own entity. It’s being written and produced by Michael Landon Jr. and Brian Bird. The role of Jesus has not yet been cast.
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Landon says their version “will be traditional in the sense we’re going to stay true to the gospel, but it won’t be traditional in the sense that our version is actually gong to be made for the skeptic, not the believer.”Says Bird: “We’re not looking to cause controversy to anybody. What we hope to do will be orthodox and faithful to the gospel and pleasing to whoever sees it. The idea of helping skeptics see Christ in a different way than they’ve ever seen him before, that’s not going to upset the choir.”
Adds Landon: “We’re going to be faithful to our favorite book of all time.”