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Reza Aslan’s ‘Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth’ Is Coming to the Big Screen

You may remember this summer, when author and religious scholar Reza Aslan (who happens to be a Muslim), got into an awkward back-and-forth about faith with a Fox News anchor while promoting his book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.” The exchange, in which Aslan was questioned about his motivations for writing a book about Jesus despite being a noted early Christianity scholar, ultimately led to the work becoming a bestseller. Now, it’s getting the big screen treatment. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate is adapting the controversial book into a “uniquely cinematic and immersive world for moviegoers to experience.” Aslan told HR, ““[Liongate’s] vision for Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth is aligned with my objective in writing the book, which was to illuminate the life of Jesus in a humanistic, as opposed to religious, context” …

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