Christian-turned-Muslim ‘Zealot’ author’s controversial book on Jesus to be made into a movie

Harry Potter producer David Heyman has signed on to produce the film adaptation of the controversial book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.

Lionsgate secured the rights to the book—written by Reza Aslan and published in July 2013.  Zealot was a New York Times and Amazon.com Best Seller.

The entertainment company announced in December that it had picked up the project, and announced Heyman’s involvement this week.

“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,” Lionsgate Co-President Erik Feig said in a statement. “We are excited to create this uniquely cinematic and immersive world for moviegoers to experience…”

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Lionsgate is a Canadian-American company.  Its name refers to the Lion’s Gate Bridge in Vancouver, named after a pair of mountains across Burrard Inlet called The Lions.

The company was created in Vancouver and is currently headquarted in Santa Monica, California.

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