Director Of ‘Basic Instinct’ Wants To Do A Jesus Movie

Monday, April 25 by

Director Paul Verhoeven is famous for his transgressive and over-the-top Hollywood entertainments/satires like Robocop, Basic Instinct, and Total Recall. But did you know he’s also a Jesus scholar? It’s true! He co-wrote the book Jesus of Nazareth, which is a work of Biblical revisionism that posits a Jesus who’s less big on miracles, but more of a political rebel type guy. Here’s Verhoeven on his Jesus obsession:

“If you look at the man, it’s clear you have a person who was completely innovative in the field of ethics. My own passion for Jesus came when I started to realize that. It’s not about miracles, it’s about a new set of ethics, an openness towards the world, which was anathema in a Roman-dominated world. I believe he was crucified because they felt that politically, he was a dangerous person whose following was getting bigger and bigger. 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’s dedicated to the idea, too, and has been trying to get a movie version financed for more than a year. I can’t imagine why he would be having trouble – a movie about Jesus being conceived when Mary was raped by a Roman soldier wouldn’t be controversial or anything, would it? (Deadline)

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  1. April 25, 2011 12:35 pm

    A Scholar

    Please.  This guy is not a scholar.  He’s read SOME scholarship.  And he largely rejects what professional Historical Jesus scholars say.  When he showed his outline for a movie to the Jesus Seminar he was told it made of stuff they had voted down as unhistorical!   He told them what they’d come up with wouldn’t make much of a movie.  So he cooked up his own idea of Jesus as a violent revolutionary who’s on the run from angry priests.  Utter nonsense.  Don’t buy into this guy’s claim to be trying to portray the Historical Jesus.   His guiding principle is: how can he shock people the most? 

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