Warner Bros Moving Forward with Biblical Epic Based on PONTIUS PILATE
Published: August 23, 2012 - 4:52am
Following the recent wave of Bible-based stories being adapted for feature film use, Pontius Pilate is said to give a Twilight Zone spin on the historical happenings in ancient times when a proud, capable Roman soldier gets in way over his head.
According to Deadline.com: "This script follows the evolution of Lucius Pontius Pilate from the sensitive son of a Roman Knight into a ferocious soldier whose warrior exploits make him a general and puts him on a political track under the Roman Emperor Tiberius. Promised a military governorship in Egypt, Pilate is instead assigned by Tiberius to become the prefect of Judea, at a time when Jerusalem was a cauldron of religious tensions between various factions of the Jewish faith. Pilate veers from the political fast track into the express lane to hell and historical infamy. His arrogance and inability to grasp the devoutness of the citizenry and its hatred for the Roman occupiers and their pagan gods leads him to make catastrophic decisions. All of this puts him in a desperate situation and in need of public approval when he is asked to decide the fate of a 33-year old rabbi accused by religious elders of claiming he is King of the Jews."
Screenwriter Vera Blasi (Woman On Top) wrote the script. Included in the film will be Roman Emperors Caligula and Tiberius along with other Biblical figures such as John the Baptist, Salome and Mary Magdalene. The story will reportedly build up to Pilate’s decision to allow Jesus Christ to be crucified.
Pontius Pilate joins the ranks of other recent Biblical stories transitioning into movies including Paramount Pictures' Noah directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Russel Crowe, Sony Pictures' Cain and Abel that Will Smith wishes to direct, Warner Bros' Moses story Gods And Kings and director Paul Verhoeven's adaptation of the book he co-wrote Jesus of Nazareth.