Nicolas Cage makes a career out of losing his shit in movies, so can you imagine Nicolas Cage in a remake of the Christian-heavy “Left Behind” movie series? Holy … well, you know.
The “Ghost Rider” star is currently in talks to front a remake of the “Left Behind” movie series, based on the bestselling series of novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. A post-apocalyptic franchise of sorts, it chronicles the world post-Rapture, with all the “good” people having gone to Heaven to be with God, leaving all of us bad sinners behind. Shoulda repented when you had the chance, sinners!
There were three moderately budgeted films in the series starting with 2001’s “Left Behind”, starring Kirk Cameron (of “Growing Pains” fame), his wife Chelsea Noble, and Brad Johnson. I found all three films to be entertaining enough, even though I’m not “of the faith”, as it were. Then again, I also have nothing against the faith, either, so your mileage may vary.
The reboot will cost around $15 million, and will be directed by veteran stunt coordinator and second unit director Vic Armstrong from a script by John Patus, who wrote the third film in the series, 2005’s “Left Behind: World at War”. The first movie (I’m assuming they have big plans for this franchise) will “follow a group of survivors during the first few hours after the Rapture.”
Cage’s character, of course, will be one of those left behind.
The folks at the faith-oriented production company Cloud Ten Pictures will foot the bill, with production on the movie expected to begin in early spring for a late 2013 release date or thereabouts. If it’s successful, you can expect more entries in the series. And there’s no reason to think it won’t be a success; Cloud Ten Pictures have been incredibly successful with their moderately budgeted Faith-based offerings in the past. There is a big audience for their films that Hollywood have no interest in tapping into. Cloud Ten Pictures certainly aren’t complaining, though.
Via : Variety