Rumor: Wait, What, Seth Rogen as a Jesus Clone?!
Will Seth Rogen undertake the role of Jesus Christ? If Alexandre Aja has his way, this may just be the case. Aja, writer/director of gore-filled films High Tension and the remake of The Hills Have Eyes, is looking to adapt the bestselling French novel The Gospel According to Jimmy, a comedic departure from his usual bloody fare. Aja described the premise to SciFi: "A few years from now, the Republicans want to get back in the White House, and the only thing that they find is like an old cloning project… to clone Jesus from a blood cell on the Shroud of Turin. And one subject had survived, and he's fixing pools in LA, named Jimmy. And they're going to find him and ask him to come back and help them to get back to power."
From that description, it sounds like Rogen would be perfect for this. I can already picture the high-concept comedy mixed with the required pool boy visual gags complete with Rogen in swim trunks, his pudgy, hair-covered stomach rolling over the elastic waistband. Sweet, Jesus. No matter how interesting this project sounds in concept, I can't help but be skeptical of Aja's ability to tackle anything beside horror. And what of the possible, no, probable negative reception from the likes of the religious community? As it's all just rumor and speculation at the moment without even a writer attached to the project, there's no point in writing your local Congressman quite yet. So, for now, is Seth Rogen Jesus-clone material?