Jesus Movie 'Christ the Lord' to Hit Theaters on Easter Eve 2016

Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt Cover - P 2014
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Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt Cover - P 2014

Peter Schlessel brought the movie, based on Anne Rice's best-selling novel, with him from FilmDistrict to Focus Features.

Wading into the faith-based arena, Focus Features will release Jesus movie Christ the Lord on March 23, 2016, the Wednesday before Easter Sunday.

Based on Anne Rice’s best-selling novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, the movie is described as a fictionalized version of the story of Jesus as a young boy, who is just beginning to learn the truth about his identity and purpose.?? The cast has not yet been announced. 

Focus Features chief Peter Schlessel acquired U.S. rights to Christ the Lord when running FilmDistrict. Once Schlessel arrived at Focus earlier this year, Focus in turn acquired distribution rights.

Echo Lake Entertainment, in association with Ingenious Media, is helping to finance Christ the Lord, which Cyrus Nowrasteh, the director-writer behind The Stoning of Soraya M., begins shooting this fall in Italy from an adapted script he co-wrote with this wife, Betsy Nowrasteh.

Hyde Park International is handling foreign sales as well as producing alongside Ocean Blue Entertainment, CJ Entertainment and 1492 Pictures’ Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe and Michael Barnathan.

So far, the other two other 2016 films slotted to open nationwide Easter weekend are Beverly Hills Cop and Geostorm.