Hardwicke To Direct Virgin Mary In 'Nativity'

Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen) is to direct a feature version of the story of the Virgin Mary, Nativity, according to Variety.

Nativity is being fast-tracked in hopes of releasing the pic during this year's holiday season.

Rich's script covers the two-year period in Mary and Joseph's life culminating in their departure from Nazareth and 100-mile journey to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.

Development of "Nativity" comes two years after the release of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," which grossed more than $600 million worldwide.

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