The Hills Have Eyes helmer Alexandre Aja is attached to direct an English-language bigscreen adaptation of the French bestseller The Gospel According to Jimmy, according to Variety.
Rights to the book, by Goncourt winner Didier Van Cauwelaert, were acquired recently by Alexandre Films, the Gallic production company of Aja's director-producer father, Alexandre Arcady.
The company produced Aja's first film and co-produced High Tension with Luc Besson's EuropaCorp.
Set in the near future, The Gospel According to Jimmy tells the story of a pool cleaner in L.A. who finds out he's a clone of Jesus, made from DNA taken from the Shroud of Turin.
Before starting work on the script of The Gospel According to Jimmy, Aja will first direct Mirrors, a loose adaptation of the Korean film Into the Mirror, written by Aja and his regular writing partner Gregory Levesseur and produced by New Regency.
Aja also co-wrote and produced P2, a horror film set in a parking lot directed by Frank Kalfoun.