Mary, Mother of the Christ — an update

Nearly two years ago, back in January 2007, I mentioned that MGM had bought a spec script called Myriam, Mother of the Christ, which was written by Benedict Fitzgerald, who had earlier co-written The Passion of the Christ (2004) with Mel Gibson. (He is now suing Gibson for a share of the profits from that film.)

I have since wondered what became of that project, especially since it was originally slated for an Easter 2008 release which never materialized, and also because several other biblically themed projects that were announced in the wake of The Passion‘s box-office success seem to have fallen by the wayside.

Now, however, Catholic screenwriting guru Barbara Nicolosi says she has just finished “probably the fifth version of the rewrite” of the script for this film, and she links to the film’s IMDb page, which seems to indicate that the film is now called Mary, Mother of the Christ and is currently slated for release sometime in 2009.

Here’s hoping the film does get made at some point.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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