US taxpayers getting cut of ‘Passion’ prequel

May 12, 2012 • Entertainment

Jorge Vazquez Sanchez is led out of the federal courthouse, Thursday, May 10, 2012 in San Antonio. A stake in a yet-to-be-made movie about the life of Jesus Christ’s mother with mega-preacher Joel Osteen of the Lakewood Church as executive producer could soon be held by the U.S. government. Jorge Vazquez Sanchez, accused laundering Mexican drug profits, allegedly got the screenplay for “Mary, Mother of Christ” in the first place by extorting a Mexican businessman and kidnapping his brother. That businessman had gotten it after foreclosing on a business loan to the co-writer of the blockbuster “The Passion of the Christ.” (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News, Tom Reel) RUMBO DE SAN ANTONIO OUT; NO SALES; MAGS OUT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The American taxpayer may be getting into the movie business.

In a real-life case of drugs and extortion that could itself make a pretty good screenplay, federal prosecutors have forced a Mexican drug trafficker to turn over his stake in a planned prequel to Mel Gibson’s 2004 blockbuster “The Passion of the Christ.”

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