Mike Fleming

Christ_the_LordEXCLUSIVE: Ocean Blue Entertainment, in conjunction with CJ Entertainment, Echo Lake and Ingenious Media, have set the financing for Christ The Lord, a feature adaptation of the Anne Rice bestselling novel Christ The Lord: Out of Egypt. A September 15 start date has been set in Italy. Focus Features, which obtained U.S. distribution rights from the movie’s original domestic distributor FilmDistrict when Peter Schlessel took over the former, is planning a wide U.S. release and Hyde Park International is handling the sale of foreign rights. 1492 Pictures will produce with Ocean Blue, CJ Entertainment, Hyde Park and Ingenious.

Cyrus Nowrasteh, who helmed The Stoning Of Soraya M., will direct the script he wrote with his wife Betsy. This fictional story follows young Jesus as he comes to discover his real identity and the truth surrounding his birth. Enzo Sisti (Passion Of The Christ) is executive producing. Shooting will take place at Cinecittà Studios in Rome, and on location in Matera, Italy. Given the heightened interest in faith-based fare, a film about the formative years of Jesus Christ should fare quite nicely.

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