Roberts finds comedy 'Christ'


Julia Roberts is reteaming with her "Fireflies in the Garden" director, Dennis Lee, for "Jesus Henry Christ," a feature comedy Roberts will produce via her Red Om Films.

"Christ" is based on Lee's Student Academy Award-winning short film and follows Henry James Hermin, a boy conceived in a petri dish and raised by a loving left-wing feminist. At age 10, he decides his mother's love is not enough and begins to follow a trail of Post-It notes around town hoping it will lead him to his biological father.

Lee is writing the new script and will direct. Sukee Chew of Hopskotch Pictures also is producing.

Roberts is not planning to star in the movie at this time.

A Columbia film school graduate, Dennis made his feature directorial debut on "Fireflies in the Garden," which stars Roberts, Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hayden Panettiere. The film is being released June 19 by Senator Entertainment, which also financed and produced.

Lee, repped by WMA, adapted Brad Kessler's novel "Birds in Fall," which he will direct for Senator and Red Om.

Roberts is repped by CAA. (partialdiff)