The movies built around the New Testament Gospel have always tried to explore new sides of Jesus and his teachings. There have been quite a few that have garnered controversy such as “The Passion of the Christ” or “The Last Temptation of Christ.” Even though the story is more than two thousand years old, there are other figures that have not had as much attention.
It seems that Pontius Pilate will now have the spotlight with Brad Pitt rumored to be in the running to portray him. Unlike the typical Biblical epic, the story will center on Pilate’s journey to political power and infamy. From his childhood as the son of a Roman Knight to a soldier himself, he then becomes a political star and is given a governorship. Another major point is his mishandling of the religious struggles of Judea, which will culminate with the crucifixion of Jesus.
The feeling for the script is that it handles the complexities of the historical and political strife adeptly. It is interesting to note that Pilate’s new movie is compared to “The Twilight Zone.”
The script will be written by Vera Blasi who has been credited for the screenplays “Tortilla Soup” and “Emperor.” The latter of which might be a foretaste of the Pilate movie because it also deals with political quandaries albeit those of a post-World War II Japan.
It remains to be seen if Brad Pitt has the time to help make this movie, being astonishingly busy producing and acting with a very full slate. Not too much has been decided though, the directorial chair is also vacant.