He might have kicked off his career killing teenagers and mutating children with Haute Tension and The Hills Have Eyes remake, but director Alexandre Aja is switching gears to slaughter a few sacred cows with a new satire.
He’s signed on to make The Gospel According To Jimmy, which will serve as an English-language adaptation of Didier Van Cauwelaert’s book. The story, which is set in the near future, follows a pool cleaner from LA who discovers that he’s a clone of Jesus, created out of DNA extracted from the Shroud of Turin.
"It's a wonderful satirical comedy about America today and the rise of Christian fundamentalism," Aja told Variety during a break from bomb proofing his letter box just in case. How did he get the rights? His dad, actually – well, Alexandre Arcady’s production company, at least.
But before he can get down to enraging religious types, he has one more terror trip left in him – he’s currently working on Mirrors, based on the Korean film Into The Mirror, about a supernatural reflective surface that brings out the worst in people when they look into it.