Christine Spines
May 01, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

According to Peter Jackson’s longtime manager, Ken Kamins, there is no truth to the tantalizing rumor circulating earlier today that Peter Jackson and his wife, Fran Walsh, were collaborating on a horror flick called The Christ Must Die, about time-traveling Nazi zombies preventing the birth of Christ. “It sounds like an April Fool’s joke,” said Kamins in an email to EW. “Peter and Fran are working diligently on The Hobbit for the foreseeable future.” The story originated when film sites got wind of a radio interview in which Stephen Fry, who is working on the Jackson-produced Dambusters, mentioned that Jackson and Walsh were hoping to use an abandoned set of Jerusalem in New Zealand for the film. Not surprisingly, fan sites have been buzzing over the story all day.

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