[TV] Eli Roth Will Tell Story About Jesus As An Exorcist

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I love the History Channel. Nothing on it is actual History. Yet, they charade around as if they’re an authority on all things past. America – got to love it.

Knowing that History doesn’t care about actual history, I’m actually pretty stoked about the news that the cable network is exploring a project about Jesus that would portray him in a more controversial light.

Deadline reports that the network is finalizing deals for the project, from feature writer Scott Kosar (The Machinist) and producers Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever, Green Inferno) and Eric Newman (The Thing). Titled “The Lost Years,” the drama explores the undocumented years of Jesus’ life as a young adult. There is very little information about Jesus’ life from about the age of 13, following a pilgrimage to Jerusalem he took with his parents, to age 30, when he began his ministry and was baptized by John the Baptist. Because the project is in very early stages, it is unclear whether it would be developed as a regular series or a miniseries.

“The Lost Years” is based on an original idea by Kosar who developed it with Roth and Newman. All three have strong horror pedigree — Kosar co-wrote The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror and The Crazies, and Roth and Newman jointly produced The Last Exorcism franchise in addition to their other horror credits. That is not a coincidence — nor is Roth and Newman’s exorcism connection. They hear that “The Lost Years” was conceived in the horror genre, and it explores a theory about Jesus’ origins as an exorcist. The practice of exorcism, which is done rothnewmanin the name of Jesus, was not officially introduced until about a century after Jesus’ death. It involves ridding someone’s body of demons and evil spirits. In ancient times, when medicine was in its infancy, healing was done mainly on a spiritual level, essentially treating ailments by getting demons out the body. Thus the theory that, as the most powerful healer of his time, Jesus performed rituals akin to exorcism.

 
Source: Deadline
  • Ultrazilla

    Of course it all depends on your personal faith and beliefs…but Jesus performed many exorcisms throughout the New Testament, so yes, he could be thought of as an exorcist. Not sure this belongs on the History Channel though, especially when dealing with a time frame without documentation.

    • WalkWithMeInDarkness

      I agree. This will probably still offend some people, but I, too, how Jesus could be thought of as an exorcist. In fact, no one should be offended if it’s about him fighting evil. And I definitely don’t think this fits the History Channel. I don’t watch that channel, but this strikes me as odd. Maybe I’m wrong, though, if they have other stuff along these lines.

  • HorrorFancy

    There are are definitely some interesting exorcism examples from the Bible — I don’t see how this would be portraying Jesus in any controversial light? Unless by controversial you mean a “horror rendition” of whatever the writers can make-up that is not already given in the Bible?

    I’d be more interested and think the horror would be stronger if they tied it with source material rather than making stuff up.

    • rgold

      haha, this is hilariously true

  • WalkWithMeInDarkness

    Sounds interesting. I’ll check it out.