LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas) — A controversial film about the conception of Jesus Christ is in the works.

Paul Verhoeven – who wrote “Jesus of Nazareth” – will direct the project which will show that Jesus is not the son of God and was conceived after Mary was raped by a Roman soldier.

Verhoeven’s book, which came out in 2008, is described as a “deeper understanding of the historical Jesus.”

“Gone is the Jesus of the miracles, gone the son of God, gone the weaver of arcane parables whose meanings are obscure,” the book’s description on Amazon states. “In their place, Verhoeven gives us his vision of Jesus as a complete man, someone who was changed by events, the leader of a political movement, and, perhaps most importantly, someone who, in his speeches and sayings, introduced a new ethics in which enlightened behavior and the embrace of human contradictions transcend the mechanics of value and worth that had defined the material world before Jesus.”

Verhoeven told Deadline last year that he respects what Jesus stands for.

“If you look at the man, it’s clear you have a person who was completely innovative in the field of ethics,” Verhoeven told Deadline. “My own passion for Jesus came when I started to realize that. It’s not about miracles, it’s about a new set of ethics, an openness towards the world, which was anathema in a Roman-dominated world. I believe he was crucified because they felt that politically, he was a dangerous person whose following was getting bigger and bigger. Jesus’ ideals are about the utopia of human behavior, about how we should treat each other, how we should step into the shoes of our enemy.”

Roger Avary, who won an Academy Award for “Pulp Fiction,” will reportedly write the screenplay.

Verhoeven previously directed “Total Recall,” “Basic Instinct,” and “Showgirls.” There is no word yet when the movie will be released.


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