A few more details about The Young Messiah on Blu-Ray

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Last week, I noted that The Young Messiah had been slated for a home-video release on June 14. Today I learned what bonus features the Blu-Ray will have.

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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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Review: The Young Messiah (dir. Cyrus Nowrasteh, 2016)

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There have been many movies about Jesus, and even a few that have spent some time on his childhood, but there have been none, to my knowledge, that dwell on what it would have been like for Jesus to grow up with brothers and sisters his own age. Indeed, there are very few films that acknowledge the presence of brothers and sisters in Jesus’ adult life, even though the gospels mention his siblings on several occasions. Thus, one of the best things about The Young Messiah — Cyrus Nowrasteh’s long-awaited adaptation of Anne Rice’s novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt — is the way it focuses on Jesus’ relatives right from its opening scene.

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The Young Messiah: the Cyrus Nowrasteh interview round-up

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The Young Messiah is now in theatres. Two days ago I collected some of the interviews that producer Chris Columbus has done to promote the film. Now it’s time to round up some of the interviews that co-writer/director Cyrus Nowrasteh has done.

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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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