The Paul Verhoeven Jesus Film

Mark Goodacre writes today about Paul Verhoeven's plans to make a film about Jesus. He has been following this story for quite a while and has several links for a good history of the project. What is important to note, as Goodacre points out, is that the Panthera rumor has been around a long time; even though the rumor may be ancient, though, it has been shown to be historically unsupportable. Given Verhoeven's penchant for violence in his films, I do wonder what his take will be. Gibson's The Passion of the Christ in my view was extremely violent, but in appropriate service to the story. I think Verhoeven passes over into gratuitous violence as a matter of style, beyond service to the story, so I hope that is not the case in this film.