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The script has not even been written yet, but a film disputing the immaculate conception of Jesus is already causing controversy. Paul Verhoeven, who worked on the 1992 film Basic Instinct, will direct the film which will suggest that Jesus is not the son of God and instead he was conceived after his mother Mary was raped by a Roman soldier.
The film will be based on Verhoeven's 2010 book, Jesus of Nazareth, which discounts the events commonly attributed to the life of Christ. Academy Award-winning Pulp Fiction co-writer Roger Avary is reported to be adapting the book into a screenplay. The news has sparked accusations that the filmmaker is launching an attack on Christianity.
Hollywood isn't anti-Christian, we are constantly told,' Dan Gainor of the Culture and Media Institute told RadarOnline. 'Yet the evidence keeps piling up that it is precisely that way.' 'This isn't accidental. Christians and Christian faith have been under decades of attack by hedonist Hollywood that is desperate to rationalize a culture of immorality,' claimed Mr Gainor.
'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,' he told the website. The movie is one of several on the horizon based on Biblical figures, with Darren Aronofsky currently considering a story about Noah's ark, and Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg reported to be considering adaptations of the life of Moses.