Readers of the Revd Peter Mullen’s columns in the Mail and Telegraph will be delighted to discover that the Anglican priest has plans to make a film about Jesus Christ with a British production company.

The Telegraph reports:

the 71-year-old former Rector of St Michael, Cornhill and St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in the City of London is hoping to break into the film industry. The eurosceptic has joined forces with new British film company, Faith Based Movies, to look for backers to turn a screenplay he has written into a motion picture.

The project, which will detail the life of Jesus, is billed in the company’s Enterprise Investment Scheme as being likely to follow in the success of Mel Gibson’s Jesus biopic. “We believe Jesus will be the most successful exposition of the life of Jesus Christ since the Mel Gibson film The Passion of the Christ.”

Mullen said:

“This is not a schmaltzy version of The Life of Christ,” the brochure reads. “This is the story of Jesus Christ as a strong, man’s man, not the meek sometimes-portrayed effeminate figure found in Sunday school teaching.”

It will be interesting to gauge the effect the film has, especially on men. It could be a few years before it appears in cinemas or church halls.

It’s great to read that a British company is studying the project. I wish them well.