Just when you thought Hollywood was running out of original ideas, along comes Brian Grazer and his wife, Gigi Levangie Grazer, who have decided to partner up (she's writing, and he's producing) on a film called Prodigal Son that asks the simple question: Hey, what if Jesus worked as a carpenter at Ikea? I absolutely kid you not, folks -- the romantic comedy revolves around a single woman who, after being set up on a blind date by her mother, discovers that her companion (a handsome carpenter from Ikea) is actually Jesus Christ. Seriously. Why is Jesus here and working at Ikea? See, he's returned for Armageddon and, well, decided to kill time in Los Angeles. I guess they don't call it the City of Angels for nothing. (Why did I just envision that scene from Coming to America where Eddie Murphy looks at the globe and settles on Queens because he figures that's the perfect place to find his Queen?)
While some might find the idea sort of quirky and fun, the Grazers will be very careful not to offend anyone -- after all, Universal Pictures is involved and if they make the wrong move, it could turn into a public relations nightmare for the major studio. Says the female Grazer, "It's a love it or hate it idea, but we're not aiming to offend. He won't be having sex. It'll be a disarming romantic comedy, a story of unrequited love, sort of like Splash." Personally, I think it sounds pretty lame -- the kind of thing that shows up as an original film on The Family Channel on Christmas Eve -- but I respect Brian Grazer and think he's a fantastic producer.
Where does this one sit with you? Is it too corny, too controversial or could you see it entertaining if done right?