Yet another movie about Jesus and genetics

Why bother looking for descendants of Jesus when you can just clone the real thing? Variety reports:

In his first departure from the horror genre, “The Hills Have Eyes” helmer Alexandre Aja is attached to direct an English-lingo bigscreen adaptation of the Gallic bestseller “The Gospel According to Jimmy.”

Rights to the book by Goncourt winner Didier Van Cauwalaert were acquired recently by Alexandre Films, the Gallic production company of Aja’s helmer/producer father Alexandre Arcady. . . .

Set in the near future, “Jimmy” tells the story of a pool cleaner in L.A. who finds out that he’s a clone of Jesus, made from DNA taken from the Turin shroud.

“It’s a wonderful satirical comedy about America today and the rise of Christian fundamentalism,” Aja said on Wednesday, pitching the tale as “a cross between ‘Dr Strangelove,’ ‘Walk the Dog’ and ‘The Truman Show’.” . . .

The idea of cloning Jesus from the DNA in the bloodstains on the Shroud of Turin might be new to the big screen, but science-fiction writers have explored it before, for example in J.R. Lankford’s The Jesus Thief and James BeauSeigneur’s Christ Clone Trilogy; in Peter Senese and Robert J. Geis’s Cloning Christ, the blood and its DNA are taken from the newly rediscovered True Cross.

In addition, at least one real-life sindonologist (that’s a fancy term for “shroud expert”) has written an entire book on the DNA to be found in the blood remnants on the Shroud — though other, more skeptical experts have said the bloodstains on the Shroud are nothing but paint. Hmmm, let’s see someone try to clone that!

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • Nord

    Have you read the Christ Clone Trilogy? It seems like we had a discussion on this over on the 77s listserv years ago? The author is an aquaintance of mine. The original printing had a very raw feeling for a “Christian book”. I hear the recent printings have been “cleaned up” for the Christian bookstore crowd. I know that Jim has talked in the past about shopping his books around Hollywood, but apparently he’s had no serious offers.

  • Peter T Chattaway

    Yeah, I remember that discussion on the 77s listserv. No, I haven’t read any of the books mentioned here.