Anne Rice‘s 2005 novel Christ The Lord: Out Of Egypt was one of the titles on Chris Columbus‘ 1492 Pictures slate being developed and financed by Rise Entertainment based on the two companies’ five-year deal inked in November. Christ The Lord centers on the formative years of Jesus Christ with script by Betsy and Cyrus Nowrasteh, with the latter aboard to direct. 1492, Hyde Park, CJ Entertainment and Ocean Blue Entertainment are producing. FilmDistrict has now acquired U.S. distribution rights to the adaptation and plans to distribute wide in March 2015. Here are the details via the distributor’s release:

FilmDistrict announced today that it has acquired U.S. distribution rights to CHRIST THE LORD directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh from a script that he and his wife Betsy Nowrasteh wrote based on Anne Rice’s best-selling novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt. Hyde Park International will be handling the sale of foreign rights to the picture being produced by 1492 Pictures’ Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, and Michael Barnathan, along with Hyde Park Entertainment, CJ Entertainment and Ocean Blue Entertainment. Ocean Blue owns the project and is arranging the financing for the film, with Tracy K. Price producing and Bill Andrew executive producing on its behalf. Hyde Park’s Ashok Amritraj is Producing, and for CJ Entertainment Miky Lee is executive producer, with Min Young Hong producing, and Keo Lee and Yeonu Choi co-producing.

FilmDistrict plans to distribute the release wide in the U.S. in March of 2015, and Hyde Park International will be introducing the film to foreign buyers this summer. The feature film, CHRIST THE LORD is based on author Anne Rice’s best-seller, a fictionalized version of the story of Jesus as a young boy, who is just beginning to learn the truth about his identity and purpose.

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