The Bible miniseries was a huge, unexpected hit for the cable channel formerly known as The History Channel—which is now just calling itself History.
If you liked The Bible, you’re certain to love History’s latest religion-themed project: a show about the mostly unrecorded 17 years of the life of Jesus Christ when he was a teenager and then an obscure twentysomething.
The Walt Disney Company-owned channel is now about to green-light the project, reports Deadline.com.
The series, called “The Lost Years,” will chronicle the mysterious period during the life of Jesus of Nazareth from when he was maybe 13 to when he was 30, give or take a year.
The central figure of Christianity went with his parents on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem when he was 12. When he was 30, he began his brief ministry after John the Baptist baptized him. The years in between are a blank slate.
According to Deadline, “The Lost Years” will be a scary and gory account of those undocumented years. Specifically, it will feature the young Jesus as an exorcist who goes around delivering people from the demons and various spiritual entities occupying their bodies.
The horror genre of the series makes a twisted sort of sense when you consider the trio of horror-movie savants behind it.
There’s Eli Roth. He’s the guy who gave the world the disgusting torture porn extravaganzas “Hostel” and “Hostel Part II.”
There’s Eric Newman, the producer of a bunch of movies including remakes of “Dawn of the Dead” and “The Thing” (and “Children of Men”).
There’s also screenwriter Scott Kosar, the guy who wrote “The Machinist” and remakes of “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” and “The Amityville Horror.”
The project may be either a special miniseries or a regular weekly series.
As the Daily Mail notes, History’s The Bible miniseries was five two-hour episodes over three-and-a-half weeks in the spring of 2013.
In the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), there are numerous instances of the older, thirtysomething Jesus casting out demons. Seven of these episodes receive more detailed treatment in the New Testament, including the time Jesus remotely healed a Canaanite woman’s daughter, and also when Jesus expelled some devils into a group of pigs (which then drowned).