'Hostel' Director Behind Upcoming Jesus-Themed Series

'Hostel' Director Behind Upcoming Jesus-Themed Series

Eli Roth is known for his horror projects, from the grisly Hostel to Netflix’s spooky original Hemlock Grove.

Now, Roth is one of a trio of horror auteurs behind a new History Channel project focusing on Jesus Christ–the early years.

I’ve learned that the network is finalizing deals for the project, from feature writer Scott Kosar (The Machinist) and producers Eli Roth (the Hostel franchise) and Eric Newman (The Thing). Titled The Lost Years, the drama explores the undocumented years of Jesus’ life as a young adult. There is very little information about Jesus’ life from about the age of 13, following a pilgrimage to Jerusalem he took with his parents, to age 30, when he began his ministry and was baptized by John the Baptist.

The History Channel’s The Bible miniseries scored big ratings for the channel, but it was produced by a pair of spiritually strong veterans (Mark Burnett and Roma Downey) and paid respect to the source material. The filmmakers behind the new series bring more experience with gore than matters of faith.