Watch: Four new clips from The Young Messiah, plus a clip from one of the bonus features coming to Blu-Ray tomorrow

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I just learned that WingClips, a website that specializes in film clips for sermons etc., has yanked four of the videos that they originally posted from The Young Messiah and replaced them with four new clips, to go with a new “family study guide”.

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Watch: A clip from The Making of The Young Messiah

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The Young Messiah comes to Blu-Ray this coming Tuesday, and to whet our appetites, the distributor has released a clip from the disc’s making-of documentary.

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Watch: A 22-minute documentary on The Young Messiah

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The box office hasn’t been kind to The Young Messiah. The film had a much smaller opening than expected last week, and it looks like the second week will be much worse. Nevertheless, the job of promoting the film continues, and so the film’s official YouTube channel has posted a new “TV documentary” about the movie.

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Watch: Actors and audiences discuss The Young Messiah

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The Young Messiah had a softer opening than expected last week, but the filmmakers have said they hope it’ll stay afloat between now and Easter — and to that end, they have released a few new promotional videos. Check ’em out below the jump.

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Interview: Cyrus Nowrasteh (The Young Messiah, 2016)

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It’s been a long, rocky road to the big screen for The Young Messiah, but at last, it’s here.

The film is based on a 2005 novel called Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, which takes place when Jesus is seven years old and his family is returning to Nazareth from Egypt. It was written by Anne Rice — best known for her vampire novels — after she returned to the Catholic church. An early attempt to make a film based on the novel fell apart in 2007, and Rice herself publicly quit Christianity in 2010, though she said she still follows Christ.

The book’s film prospects turned a corner when Rice wrote a glowing review of The Stoning of Soraya M., a 2009 movie about the treatment of women in Iran that was directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh, an American of Persian descent. Nowrasteh acquired the rights to Rice’s book, wrote a script with his wife Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh, and got Harry Potter director Chris Columbus to come on board as a producer. The film comes out March 11.

I spoke to Cyrus Nowrasteh about creating new characters for the film, the tricky nature of movie ratings, the role the film played in his own journey towards Christian faith, and the possibility of a sequel. The interview below has been edited slightly for length and clarity.

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The Young Messiah: the Chris Columbus interview round-up

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Chris Columbus wrote Gremlins and The Goonies and went on to direct such hit films as the first two Home Alone movies and the first two Harry Potter movies (he also produced the third). More recently, he has produced relatively low-budget films such as critically-acclaimed horror film The Witch and, now, The Young Messiah.

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