Lionsgate Acquires Feature Film Rights to ‘Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth’



Lionsgate announced today that it has acquired the feature film rights to “,” the New York Times bestselling biographical tale that questions the details about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Authored by , “Zealot” was released to bookstores and online publishing retailers earlier this year.

Patricia Wall/The New York Times
Patricia Wall/The New York Times

“Reza Aslan has written a remarkable book that manages to bring the ancient world into contemporary relief and to make a timeless story very timely. We are excited to create this uniquely cinematic and immersive world for moviegoers to experience,” said Erik Feig, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group’s President of Production, in announcing the deal.

Dr. Aslan commented, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Lionsgate. Their 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.”

Feig, along with , Lionsgate’s EVP of Production, and , Creative Executive at Lionsgate, are overseeing the project for the studio. , Lionsgate’s Executive Vice President of Business Affairs, and , Lionsgate’s Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs, negotiated the deal on behalf of the studio.

Dr. Aslan was represented in the deal by UTA working in association with of Cheney Literary in New York and attorney of Bloom Hergott et al. 

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