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    Looking at film interpretations of the stories in the Bible - past, present and future, as well as current film releases with spiritual significance, and a few bits and pieces on the Bible.

    Monday, March 30, 2009

    Vaughn to Adapt "American Jesus"

    According to the Hollywood Reporter Matthew Vaughn is to direct an adaptation of Peter Gross and Mark Millar's comic book "American Jesus". I'm not at all familiar with the source material, although as I understand it, the current volume of the comic book "Chosen" is only the first instalment of a planned three-book series. The description given on Amazon is fairly brief:
    Chosen follows a twelve-year-old boy who suddenly discovers he's returned as Jesus Christ. He can turn water into wine, make the crippled walk, and, perhaps, even raise the dead! How will he deal with the destiny to lead the world in a conflict thousands of years in the making?
    It's difficult to know from that whether this film will be seeking to say something significant, or just attempting to make the most out of a well known and much revised story. Millar, who also wrote the comic book "Wanted" that was adapted into last year's movie of the same name, has said that he is a practising Catholic, but I know some Christians fear this film will be blasphemous. That said various films in the past have explored what it might look like if Jesus's second coming was much like his first (as opposed to the impression given in the New Testament that it will be quite different - Acts 1:11, 1 Thes 4:16-17)

    Either way, this might eventually make an interesting double bill with the planned anime version of the Jesus film.

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