Rupert Murdoch’s 20th Century Fox, which usually distributes Mel Gibson’s films, has turned thumbs down on “The Passion,” the film about Jesus of Nazareth’s last hours and crucifixion, the New York Da

Rupert Murdoch’s 20th Century Fox, which usually distributes Mel Gibson’s films, has turned thumbs down on “The Passion,” the film about Jesus of Nazareth’s last hours and crucifixion, the New York Daily News reports.

The paper said other Hollywood studios appear less than enthusiastic about taking the project on, which could make it difficult for movie goers to see the film when it is released early next year.

According to the New York Times, which has been a frequent critic of the film, Hollywood executives say that “The Passion,” which the Times describes as chronicling “in bloody detail” the last hours of Jesus’ life,” and “potentially inflammatory — not commercial enough for a high-profile mainstream studio like Fox.”

CCI NOTE: A billion Catholics in this world, and this is “not commercial?” Can you say, “anti-Catholic bigotry,” Mr. Murdoch?