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History Eyes Controversial Jesus Project Deadline

After attracting massive audiences for its miniseries “The Bible,” History has its sights set on another project with a biblical theme. The cable network is exploring a project based on the life of Jesus, but the project could present a controversial viewpoint on him, Nellie Andreeva reports on Deadline.com.

Called “The Lost Years,” the drama would look at how Jesus spent his young adult years, which are undocumented, the story says. The project is from feature writer Scott Kosar of “The Machinist” and producers Eli Roth of the “Hostel” franchise and Eric Newman of “The Thing.”

“There is very little information about Jesus’ life from about the age of 13, following a pilgrimage to Jerusalem he took with his parents, to age 30, when he began his ministry and was baptized by John the Baptist," Andreeva writes. "Because the project is in very early stages, it is unclear whether it would be developed as a regular series or a miniseries."

It’s not a coincidence that Roth, Kosar and Newman all come from a horror background, the story adds.

“I hear that ‘The Lost Years’ was conceived in the horror genre, and it explores a theory about Jesus’ origins as an exorcist. Although the practice of ridding a person’s body of demons and evil spirits existed long before Jesus’ time, the term “exorcism” -- which is done in Jesus’ name -- wasn’t coined until later,” Andreeva writes.

She adds, “In ancient times, when medicine was in its infancy, healing was done mainly on a spiritual level, essentially treating ailments by getting demons out the body. Thus the theory that, as the most powerful healer of his time, Jesus performed rituals akin to exorcism.”

Here's another take on Jesus' "Missing Years," courtesy of John Prine: