THE LOST YEARS: Young Jesus As An Exorcist, From Eli Roth

Peter Martin, Managing Editor

Jesus cast out demons after he began his public ministry at the age of 30, according to the Bible, but did he spend his younger years as an exorcist? That's the premise of a show under consideration by The History Channel, according to Deadline, with Eli Roth on board as a producer.

To be specific, The Lost Years is said to explore the years of Jesus' life that are not covered in the Bible (ages 13-30). Reportedly, it was "conceived in the horror genre, and it explores a theory about Jesus' origins as an exorcist. ... that, as the most powerful healer of his time, Jesus performed rituals akin to exorcism."

Scott Kosar conjured up the idea -- his writing credits include The Machinist and the remakes The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, and The Crazies -- and then developed it with Roth and Eric Newman, who worked together as producers for 2010's The Last Exorcism. The deals have not yet been finalized, and it's not clear whether The Lost Years is intended as a regular series or a mini-series. Either way, if this goes through as described, it sounds like the potential for controversy and angry protest in the U.S. is high.

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  • Paul M

    I heard the original concept was a torture porn themed look at the early years of the prophet Mohammed, but the network execs shat in their pants and demanded a story that took a piss on Christ instead.

  • TheGhostOfGriffinMill

    Despite my nom de plume, I am not generally a cynical person but this project reeks of agitation-marketing and nothing else -- "Hey! Let's cause a shit-storm! Publicity will be off the charts and we'll NUKE History Channel's debut episode ratings record!".

    I cannot see what the genuine story/interest is. (Granted, I might be more willing to give the benefit of the doubt if it wasn't an Eli "PT-Barnum-minus-the-talent" Roth project, but it is). Yikes...

  • I agree. How this possibly fits into the mandate of the History channel is utterly beyond me ...

  • J Hurtado

    Two words: Ancient Aliens

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