James Schamus, the former CEO of Focus Features and a frequent collaborator of Ang Lee’s, is making his directorial debut at Sundance this week with a film called Indignation — and while promoting his film, he has also talked about his work on the film adaptation of Reza Aslan’s Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, which Lionsgate is producing with Harry Potter producer David Heyman.
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.