“Last Temptation of Christ” author’s “Christ Recrucified” acquired for film

Deadline Hollywood broke the news this morning that Nikos Kazantzakis  1954 novel “Christ Recrucified” has been acquired by Grindhouse Pictures, a company that seems to have only one other film to its credit, “Gabriela“, 2001.

The new film will be re-titled “Christ is Risen.”

Click here to read the entire article on Deadline Hollywood.

Amazon’s description of the novel says:

“The inhabitants of a Greek village, ruled by the Turks, plan to enact the life of Christ in a mystery play – “Passion Play” – but are overwhelmed by their task. A group of refugees, fleeing from the ruins of their plundered homes, arrive asking for protection – and suddenly the drama of the Passion becomes reality.”

According to Deadline Hollywood, the setting for the film will move from Greece to Mexico.

Other films have been based on Kazantzakis’s  novels such as “Zorba the Greek” (1964) and the controversial “Last Temptation of Christ” (1988) directed by Martin Scorsese.

This new film, however, is said to be aimed at the faith-based audience, the same audience as the recent hit History Channel mini-series, “The Bible.”

Christ Recrucified” was also a BBC mini-series that aired in 1969.





  • http://manicdoodlings.blogspot.com Steve

    Sister Rose, I’d be interested to know your opinion of Nikos Kazantzakis. He has long been one of my favorite writers & based on his books, he comes off as a deeply religious man. His novel, “The Last Temptation Of Christ” has been, in my opinion unfairly accused as blasphemous. What do you think? Also, thanks for the heads up on this movie. I was planning on rereading “The Greek Passion” (an alternate title of “Christ Recrucifed”) & now I know I will. Thanks.

    • http://SisterRoseHomepage.com sisterrose

      I, too, think that there was much misunderstanding about the novel-into-film. I have seen it but have not read his books. Your opinion is shared by most who have read Kazantzakis, however, at least from what I have heard and read. Be sure to come back and post something about the book. It’s on my list and it seems there are only used copies available. Scorsese made the film out of reverence for Christ but somewhere something was lost in translation, from book to screen, and screen to audience and back again.

  • Shaun

    I’d also recommend the novel.

    You may also be interested in Kazantzakis’s novel Saint Francis:
    I’ve not read it yet but it’s a book I’m really looking forward to.