Brad Pitt Circling 'Pontius Pilate' Biblical Drama Set Up at Warner Bros
by Ethan Anderton
January 8, 2013
After journeying as far back as ancient Greek times in Troy, actor Brad Pitt is coming a little close to present day with another dramatic epic. Deadline has word that the World War Z star and producer is circling the lead title role in Pontius Pilate, the Warner bros. film about Lucius Pontius Pilate, the man who would become known forever as the one who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. But rather than being just a story recounting the gruesome punishment of the religious figure, the film follows Pilate's rise from a child to a Roman solider and general with a promising future under the rule of Emperor Tiberius.
Pilate's future takes a turn for the worse when instead of a military governorship in Egypt, he's assigned to become a prefect of Judea during one of the most tense and tumultuous times for Jerusalem and people of the Jewish faith. In what almost sounds like a Hithcockian story about a man who is in the wrong place at the wrong time, it chronicles every disastrous decision Pilate made, and leads up to the punishment and eventual killing of Christ. In addition, other historical figures like Caligula, John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene show up in the story.
Deadline describes the script as having, "the twists and unexpected turns that satisfyingly combine history, political maneuvering and storytelling inventions reminiscent of such films as Braveheart and Gladiator…and the script doesn’t have the polarizing chill some felt in The Passion Of The Christ." Sounds like an Oscar nominated film in the making, but Pitt is still only circling the role, and no deals have been made just yet. It would be quite an interesting role as Pilate isn't exactly a hero in this tale, and it's more of a recounting of one of history's most revered moments.