Variety reports that indie producer Bill McKay is developing The Resurrection of the Christ. Set for an Easter 2011 release through Samuel Goldwyn Films, the $20 million production will shoot for 10 weeks starting in July.
Dan Gordan (The Hurricane, Murder in the First) is writing the screenplay with a focus on the power, greed and ambition of those involved in the crucifixion -- Pontius Pilate, Herod, Caiaphas and Judas.
"It's as much about the key players as it is about Jesus," McKay said. "We want to bring in the 'Gladiator' dimension of the first century against the political milieu of the time."
Jonas McCord (The Body) will direct the film, which is set to shoot in Israel, Morocco and Europe.