Harry Potter producer takes on revisionist Jesus movie

Last year, Lionsgate announced that they had acquired the film rights to Reza Aslan’s Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, the latest in a long line of books which argue that Jesus was just a man and that Christianity has been getting him wrong since before the first New Testament texts were written.

Today, it was revealed that two actual filmmakers have come on board to adapt the book: producer David Heyman, best known for Gravity and the Harry Potter series, and screenwriter James Schamus, whose credits include all but three of Ang Lee’s feature films.

Deadline, which broke the news, doesn’t have much else to say except that “top directors have expressed interest” in the project. Variety also covered the basic story but without saying anything about possible directors.

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Stalingrad director to tackle Greek-myth flick Odysseus

It took the mythical Odysseus ten years to get home from the Trojan War — twenty if you start counting from the day he left his wife and son behind in Ithaca — and the way things are going, it just might take that long for Warner Brothers to get its long-in-development movie about Odysseus off the ground, too.

Still, at least the studio hasn’t given up on the idea. Deadline reports that the project is still in development, and that Warner has hired a Russian filmmaker named Fedor Bondarchuk, who recently directed the 3D IMAX movie Stalingrad, to direct their adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey from a script by Jeremy Doner.

The film was first announced five years ago when Warner bought a spec script by Ann Peacock, a screenwriter whose credits include an early draft of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The director attached to the project back then — when it was billed as “a bloody relentless revenge movie” — was Jonathan Liebesman, whose credits include Wrath of the Titans and Battle: Los Angeles.

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Box-office update: Robots ride dinosaurs, some films do better than the buzz would suggest, and Noah leaves North American theatres (while enjoying its third week in Japan)

Life was too busy to post a box-office update last week, but that’s okay, I think, since not a lot was happening then.

The big story this week is that Transformers: Age of Extinction supposedly became the first film of the year to gross over $100 million in a single weekend (in North America, that is) — but that figure was quickly disputed by rival studios, who said the film actually came in just a tiny bit beneath that amount. Whatever. It was still pretty huge.

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Exodus: Gods and Kings: new photos, a new Entertainment Weekly profile, and hints of a trailer coming soon

At last, I can finally stop rotating the same three or four pictures of Christian Bale as Moses at the top of my Exodus: Gods and Kings posts!

Entertainment Weekly posted a “first look” at Ridley Scott’s movie today, including five new photos and a handful of interview snippets. The Italian website Cinemamente also posted a couple of behind-the-scenes shots that I had never seen before, including the picture above.

On top of all that, the movie’s first trailer, which was recently shown to exhibitors in Europe, was approved by the film classification boards in at least two Canadian provinces last week. The Alberta website gives the trailer a PG rating and says it runs 90 seconds, while the British Columbia website says it runs 96 seconds, but in any case, it sounds like we’ll all get to see the trailer for ourselves fairly soon.

More pictures and interview snippets below the jump, including Sigourney Weaver as an Egyptian queen, Aaron Paul as Joshua and Ben Kingsley as Joshua’s father.

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Watch: Teaser for Hillsong documentary Let Hope Rise

Got plans for next Easter? Apart from going to church, I mean? Today Warner Brothers and Alcon Entertainment announced that they will release Hillsong: Let Hope Rise — a documentary about Hillsong United, the chart-topping worship band from Sydney, Australia — on April 3, which just happens to be Good Friday on the western calendar. Warner and Alcon scored a huge success a few years ago with The Blind Side, the true story of a Christian family that took a troubled (but athletically talented) teen under its wing, so the two companies do know how to handle films with a built-in evangelical appeal.

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Fox’s ancient Egypt show Hieroglyph is history already

Sad news for ancient-Egypt buffs: Fox has pulled the plug on Hieroglyph after shooting just one episode. Reportedly the scripts that came in for the subsequent episodes weren’t up to snuff. The recent departure of the Fox executive who greenlit the series may have been a factor.

This leaves the Spike miniseries Tut and the alien-themed Ridley Scott series Pharaoh as the only TV shows about ancient Egypt currently in development. The ancient Egyptians will also be featured on the big screen in Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, due in December of this year, and in Alex Proyas’s Gods of Egypt, which is due in February 2016; a poster for it was recently unveiled at a licensing expo.

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