The story of Our Lady of Guadalupe is being brought to the big screen, courtesy of screenwriter Joe Eszterhas and Roma and Mark Burnett’s LightWorkers Media. The project, Guadalupe, will go through MGM via LightWorkers’ with the emergence of Eszterhas back into film production after about a decade’s absence.
Eszterhas had been working on the script long before the faith-based push became popular at Hollywood studios. The thought about writing a screenplay about Our Lady of Guadalupe came to him 14 years ago during what he calls his life-changing “Christian conversion.” The screenwriter would later write a book entitled Crossbearer to share his story about that moment sitting on the curb in his cul-de- sac in 2001 at his wits end after battling cancer and addiction. A man who was once the highest-paid screenwriter in Hollywood with a wild lifestyle was now feeling defeated, and found himself begging God for help. That’s when something other-worldly happened.
When he regained his health, Eszterhas traveled to Mexico City to do research and to pray to Our Lady of Guadalupe to help him become a messenger for God.