‘Legend of Holy Thorn in Glastonbury’ set for Hollywood treatment
London: Hollywood producers are set to make a film on the Glastonbury legend of Joseph of Arimathea and the Holy Thorn.
‘Glastonbury: Isle of Light’- the 50-mllion-pound budget film- is set for release in 2012 and has been written and produced by Daniel McNicholl with Galatia Films.
The legend relates to Joseph who planted Jesus’ staff into the ground on Wearyall Hill 2,000 years ago.
A tree grew, and it is believed the hawthorn sprouted from a cutting of the tree. It is one of several Holy Thorns planted around Glastonbury.
"This is a British story so I think it needs to be told through British landscape,” the BBC quoted McNicholl as saying.
"We want ancient Glastonbury to be shot in places like the Isle of Man, Ireland, Wales, and Somerset.
"Clearly the topography is much different than it was 2,000 years ago and we will be using digital effects to take out some of the modern buildings, so it is very much a different place," he added.
Vandals cut down the Holy Thorn on Wearyall Hill in December but efforts are being made to re-grow it.