'Gospel' is according to Heriot


Drew Heriot, whose documentary-style DVD "The Secret" has garnered a cult following and sold more than 2 million copies, will make his feature film directorial debut with the spiritual fantasy/adventure "The Aquarian Gospel."

The story, based on Jesus' missing years as a young man in the Bible, revolves around his journeys from Israel to India, Tibet, Persia, Greece and Egypt and the encounters he has along the way with people of various backgrounds.

John F. Sullivan and William Sees Keenan ("Poor Things") penned the script, which was inspired by Levi Dowling's "The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ," Nicholas Notovitch's "The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ" and from what Sullivan and Keenan describe as "the lost gospels that shed light on Jesus' secret teachings predating the four canonized Gospels."

Keenan is set to produce the $15 million film, which he said will be shot in the U.S. in a stylized high-definition format. Thaddeus Carlson is co-executive producing.

"I literally felt goose bumps when Will told me this story, and knew immediately it was my next project," Heriot said.

Casting is under way. Heriot and Keenan said they plan to draw from an international pool of talent that also will include modern-day spiritual leaders in cameo roles.