'Christ the Lord' Vacates Easter 2016 Date to Avoid 'Batman V Superman'

Focus Features has shifted the release date for the adaptation of the Anne Rice novel Christ the Lord, Deadline reports. The film will now be released on March 11, 2016, twelve days earlier than originally scheduled.

The original release date put the film in theaters on the Wednesday before Easter. It also meant that Christ the Lord would go right up against Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice as well as the new Beverly Hills Cop, both of which are scheduled to open on March 25. Now Christ the Lord has gained some distance from Superman and Axel Foley.

Christ the Lord ill be directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh from an adaptation he scripted with his wife, Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh. The story focuses on Jesus' childhood and his realization of his true identity and the circumstances of his birth. Production on the film reportedly began last September in Italy, although no actors in major roles have yet to be officially announced. Passion of the Christ producer Enzo Sisti is attached as an executive producer.

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