Harry Potter Director Works on New Film About Young Jesus Christ

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By Kayla Amadis, Christian Post Contributor
December 7, 2011|7:24 pm

American director, Chris Columbus, famous for directing “Home Alone” and the first two “Harry Potter” films, is now in the works towards another classic. “1492 Pictures” and “CJ Entertainment,” are developing a film about the life of young Jesus Christ.

The companies have secured the right to Anne Rice’s novel, “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt.” The critically acclaimed novel describes the tale of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph escaping out of Egypt and back to their homeland. The death of the vicious King Herod brings about great strife in the nation. And seven-year old Jesus tackles the angst of growing up and understanding His identity and purpose in life.

The novel dramatizes the life of Jesus by adding details that are not recorded in the Bible. As Mary and Joseph cannot thoroughly provide answers to a questioning Jesus, He sets out for answers regarding the truth of who He is. “Christ the Lord,” depicts scenes in which young Jesus turns clay birds into real ones, makes snow appear, and raises another child to life.

The film is to be directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh. He and his wife, Betsy Nowrasteh, have written the screenplay. Rice personally chose Nowraseth as director after considering his highly esteemed film, “The Stoning of Soraya M.” Nowrasteh then proceeded to Columbus at “1492 Pictures.”

Columbus is assuming the role of producer. He is credited for producing the first three “Potter” films as well. "This film has the potential to be a cinematic classic, a picture that will appeal to all ages, all around the world," Columbus said of “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt.”

"I am proud to be part of this incredible production."

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