Jenji Kohan, creator of the Netflix drama, Orange Is The New Black, has announced her newest plot – a new series about Jesus as a teenager.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Kohan touted that her new show has some people nervous… so much that she had to get “terrorism insurance.” Launching into the concept of what it means to start a new show, she stated:
“Everyone loves a new baby. And giving birth to a new show, it’s a high. You get a hit off that and it’s hard to turn that down, especially if you’ve been grinding something out for a really long time and it’s a little more awkward, a little more adolescent. The thought of, “Oh, you can start fresh and create something new” is exciting.”
Kohan was asked, “Collectively, you’ve explored themes including harassment, rape, murder, racism, misogyny, mental illness, etc. When was the last time you were genuinely nervous to tackle a big subject?”
She replied, “I don’t get nervous about that, although we had to take terrorism insurance out…” and then she went on to explain the details of her new series about Jesus:
“Yeah, we’re developing a teen Jesus project [for Netflix] that got some people nervous. It’s like The Wonder Years but with Jesus, and there are all sorts of things where we cross lines — and there are crazies out there. I remember Shonda [Rhimes] telling a story of people camping out outside her house when she killed McDreamy [on Grey’s Anatomy]. People get crazy because they bathe in these characters, and they take it personally.”
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