Anne Rice’s Christ the Lord finally gets the green light

The long-gestating film adaptation of Anne Rice’s Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt may finally be happening.

Deadline reports that five production companies (and one distributor) have come to an agreement on the financing for the film and will start shooting it in Italy on September 15. That’s four months from now. Cyrus Nowrasteh, director of The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008), will direct the film from a script he co-wrote with his wife Betsy.

The film will be shot partly at the Cinecittà Studios in Rome and partly in the region of Matera, a southern Italian town that has been used as a location for other Bible movies such as The Gospel according to St. Matthew (1964), King David (1985), The Passion of the Christ (2004) and The Nativity Story (2006).

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Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt to come out in 2015

The long-gestating film adaptation of Anne Rice’s Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt now has a release date — or at least a release month. It was announced today that FilmDistrict has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film and plans to release it in March 2015.

The book, which depicts the return of Jesus and his extended family to Galilee when Jesus is a young boy, was originally going to be adapted by a brand-new Christian company that said it was in the business of making “Spiritainment” — but those plans fell apart in 2007.

Then, in 2011, Harry Potter director Chris Columbus bought the rights to the book and hired Cyrus Nowrasteh, director of The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008), to co-write and direct the film.

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Long-gestating Nativity films still slouching towards Bethlehem

I may have stepped aside from regular blogging for two or three years, but some of the projects I talked about back then are still in development. Case in point: Black Nativity, an adaptation of the 1961 Broadway musical.

When I last mentioned it in April 2009, Fox Searchlight was said to be “fast-tracking” the film for release in December of that year — but I don’t think I heard anything about it again after that, until today.

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A Passion for Women’s Rights

stoningofsorayamJim Caviezel and Steve McEveety, who played critical roles in The Passion, expose human rights violations in Iran through their new film, The Stoning of Soraya M.

Timing, they say, is everything. The Stoning of Soraya M., which depicts the rigged trial and execution of an Iranian woman whose husband has grown tired of her, goes into limited release this Friday after playing at a few film festivals — and it happens to be coming out at a time when the eyes of the world are on Iran and the crackdown that has taken place there against the protestors who claim the June 12 election was rigged by the authorities.

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