Deadline‘s Nellie Andreeva is reporting that three schlock-horror guys — screenwriter Scott Kosar (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror) and producers Eli Roth (Hostel franchise) and Eric Newman (The Thing) — are finalizing a deal with History to produce a kind of Biblical-era horror project about Jesus of Nazareth performing exorcisms before he started preaching at age 30. Jesus would be presented, I gather, as a young, sandal-wearing version of Father Karras. A cool handsome guy with a cosmic gleam in his eye and a destiny he hasn’t quite figured out yet. The project will be called The Lost Years.
How much you wanna bet that the sons and daughters of the right-wing loons who protested 25 years ago when Martin Scorsese‘s The Last Temptation of Christ depicted a fantasy married life between Jesus and Mary Magdelene…how much do you want to bet that these same crazies are going to be completely fine with Jesus the Exorcist?
Roth and Newman jointly produced the Last Exorcism franchise.