“Robocop” director wants to do movie about Jesus Christ.

Paul Verhoeven is no stranger to controversy and he’s certain to kick up quite a bit more if he goes ahead with his plans to develop a movie about Jesus Christ just being an ordinary mortal:

WENN via Cinema Blend reports that Verhoeven is rumoured to be developing “Christ, the Man” which explores the idea that Jesus Christ was merely a mortal.

Much of the story will be based on Verhoeven’s work as a member of the Jesus Seminar, a research team of several hundred academic New Testament scholars whose purpose is to use historical methods to determine what Jesus, as a historical figure, may or may not have said or done.

Their findings portrayed him as a wandering sage who did not found a religion or rise from the dead, but preached in startling parables and aphorisms, often turning common ideas upside down and confounding the expectations of his audience.

I can hear the gnashing of teeth and sharpening of blades by the Religious Right already. Verhoeven isn’t an idiot and realizes he could be asking for a lot of trouble:

Of course some extreme Christian fundamentalist groups might get upset with the project, something Verhoeven himself is keenly aware of – “My scriptwriter told me not to do the movie in the United States because they (Christians) might shoot me. It’s not a joke at all. I took that very seriously. So I took his advice and decided to write a book about it first”.

Verhoeven, no stranger to controversy, expects some fall out – “I think he’s going to be getting a lot of focus and heat over this, if it’s true, and there will be groups who will be protesting quite heavily against this”.

Personally I hope he goes through with it as I’d happily go see a movie like that and I think alternative viewpoints are important. You can bet your sweet ass that the RR and Vatican will be doing everything they can to stop that project before it ever gets started.

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25 thoughts on ““Robocop” director wants to do movie about Jesus Christ.

  1. Ya it wouldn’t surprise me if the pope sent out his assassins…

    But I would definitely pay to see this film as well.

  2. Yeah, the Christian church will make a lot of noise and organize boycotts, but nothing like what Salmon Rusdie has been living with for so long.  Or, what Theo Van Gogh died for.

  3. Eh, nobody went gunning for Scorscese (sp?) after “Last Temptation”…

    Well, not Scorsese directly, but…..

    On October 22, 1988, a French Catholic fundamentalist group launched molotov cocktails inside the Parisian Saint Michel movie theater to protest against the film. This terrorist attack injured thirteen people, four of whom were severely burned.

    From the wiki.

  4. I’ve read biblical scholars and seen documentaries describing stories of Jesus being known as the ‘wicked’ preacher and John the Baptist being the humble softspoken minister. But hell yeah! I’d pay money to see a kick ass, bow staff wielding, Jesus!:-P

    I wonder if he’ll get a black man to play him?

  5. Will there be explosions?

    Nah, but Jesus will get killed in the beginning by being stoned to death at point break range.  But then the he will be resurrected into half man half machine…

    The new Jesus, kicking ass and taking no names… Watch out non-believers!!

  6. As long as Uwe Boll doesn’t direct one.

    Leader of Mob: “This woman is an adulteress.  The Law says she must be stoned.”
    Jesus bends down, picks up stick: “Say not to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck from your eye,‘when you have a beam in your own eye.  Like this one.”

    “Now go, and sin no more!”
    * * *

    “What do you mean, the tomb is empty?  Find the body before these rebel scum start a revolt and claim the rabbi rose from the dead. At once!”
    Centurion: “At once, great Pilate!”

    To servants: “Leave me!”

    “Jesus!”
    Z.J.: “Forgive me, Father, I know not what I do.”

    Sure, it isn’t Biblically accurate, but it wouldgenerate buzz, and that’s really important, right?

  7. As long as Uwe Boll doesn’t direct one.

    Leader of Mob: “This woman is an adulteress.  The Law says she must be stoned.”
    Jesus bends down, picks up stick: “Say not to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck from your eye,‘when you have a beam in your own eye.  Like this one.” (shoves stick in Leader of Mob’s eye. Says, over screams of Leader) “Now go, and sin no more!”
    * * *
    (Pilate to Centurion) “What do you mean, the tomb is empty?  Find the body before these rebel scum start a revolt and claim the rabbi rose from the dead. At once!”
    Centurion: “At once, great Pilate!”
    (Pilate walks into his quarters) To servants: “Leave me!”
    (Pilate rinses face in basin.  Straightens, dries face, turns around to see Zombie Jesus) “Jesus!”
    Z.J.: “Forgive me, Father, I know not what I do.”
    (zoom to Pilate’s neck as hands with nail holes in them start squeezing.  Choked off scream fades to gurgles.  Fade to black with sound of feet drumming on stones, followed by sound like a wet sack of laundry hitting the floor)

    Sure, it isn’t Biblically accurate, but it wouldgenerate buzz, and that’s really important, right?

    Sorry, that’s what happens when I don’t use preview.  My bad.

  8. “I have HAD it with these mutherfuckin’ money changers in the mutherfuckin’ TEMPLE!!!”

    I’d pay to see thatLOL

  9. I’d pay to see that.

    After reading all these comments, I was laughing so hard I read “I’d pray to see that”.

  10. Where was Freud in slippers when I needed him?

    Yeah, I know, it makes little sense to me, either.  wink

  11. i thought this was just going to be about another movie of jesus, like the bible story again, i remember someone once said to me”their making another moving about jesus”. i said,“just what we need, another movie about jesus”. everyone laughed. it would be interesting if it was different though, about jesus just being an ordinary mortal. i always thought if there was a jesus, he was just some ordinary guy, maybe a magician, and a good speaker.

  12. Yeah, it’s really thought-provoking.  I mean, what if God was one of us?  You know, just a slob like one of us.  Like, just a stranger on the bus…

    tongue wink ducks, runs…

  13. lol, i don’t think jesus existed at all, the more i read the bible, the more i don’t believe it, but if he did, he was not any son of god. ironic, the bible is part of the reason i don’t believe there is a god.

  14. I would makes one about mohammed being a mortal war mongering scum bucket, but I think that might piss off the Moslums. I don’t want to upset the religion of peace followers.  Either way both movies would suck and be a total waste of a dollar. With my luck the popcorn would be stale.

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