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Reza Aslan’s controversial book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, which looks at the life of Jesus Christ from a different perspective, will get a screen adaptation from Lionsgate.
The studio acquired the screen rights for the book, reports Variety. However, the studio best known for the Hunger Games franchise has yet to pick a producer, director or writer to work on the project. Production president Erik Feig, Gillian Bohrer and James Myers will be tasked with overseeing it.
“Reza Aslan has written a remarkable book that manages to bring the ancient world into contemporary relief and to make a timeless story very timely,” Feig said in a statement, notes THR. “We are excited to create this uniquely cinematic and immersive world for moviegoers to experience.”
Aslan added that the studio’s idea for the adapting the book “is aligned with my objective in writing the book, which was to illuminate the life of Jesus in a humanistic, as opposed to religious, context.”
The book looks at the times Jesus grew up in and how events at the time shaped his life and how he changed the world. It was published by Random House Publishing Group in July and was the follow-up to Aslan’s No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam.
Aslan got some extra attention during his publicity tour for the book when he did a Fox News interview in which the anchor grilled him on why a Muslim would write about Jesus.