Christ the Lord Out of Egypt, an adaptation of Anne Rice' novel of the same name, has been given the green light to start production by financiers Ocean Blue Entertainment, CJ Entertainment, Echo Lake and Ingenious Media.

Shooting will begin on September 15 in Italy, under the direction of Cyrus Nowrasteh, who was personally selected by author Anne Rice in 2011, after she saw his film The Stoning of Soraya M. The filmmaker wrote the adapted screenplay with his wife Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh, which tells the fictional story of a young Jesus Christ, who learns the truth about his real identity and his birth as he travels from Egypt to Nazareth.

Enzo Sisti (The Passion of the Christ) is serving as executive producer, with shooting to take place at Cinecitta Studios in Rome and on location in Matera, Italy. No cast members have been secured for the adaptation at this time. Focus Features will distribute the film domestically, after obtaining the rights from original distributor FilmDistrict.

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The project is coming to life at a time when faith-based movies are more popular than ever, given the recent box office success of Son of God and God's Not Dead, along with the upcoming remake Left Behind starring Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray and Lea Thompson.