Julia Roberts will produce Jesus Henry Christ, a comedy from Dennis Lee. The film is based on Lee’s Student Academy Award-winning short about a boy conceived in a petri dish who goes on a quest for his biological father. Lee, who also directed Fireflies in the Garden, is writing the new script.
Roberts will produce via her Red Om Films but does not plan to star at this time, says The Hollywood Reporter. Sukee Chew of Hopskotch Pictures also is producing.
Lee is a Columbia film school graduate. Fireflies, his feature directorial debut stars Roberts, Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hayden Panettiere and will be released in June in the US.
Lee also adapted Brad Kessler’s novel Birds in Fall, which he will direct for Senator and Red Om.