Hollywood wants you now
A few weeks ago, a Newsweek reporter asked an unnamed film studio head, "Does the success of [The Passion of The Christ] make you think that … "

The studio head interrupted. "That I should be developing more Jew-hating material?" he asked.

Antagonism to Gibson's film among Hollywood executives notwithstanding, several news outlets are reporting this week on an upcoming tsunami of religious-themed films. That's not terribly surprising as The Passion's box office numbers continue to climb. Earning another $31.7 million or so over the weekend taking it to $264 million total, the film is now #23 on the list of all-time domestic gross earnings, between Shrek and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Newmarket Films expects the final domestic number to be between $350 million and $400 million, which would put it in the top-ten territory of Jurassic Park, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and Spider-Man, though far below Titanic's $600 million.

So get ready for disciples and false prophets following in The Christ's footsteps.

"Will there really be scriptural pictures — Old Testament, New Testament?" producer and former Sony Pictures head Peter Guber tells The New York Times today. "The answer seemingly is probably so."

Time has a brief rundown of what's already in the works, from the heretical Da Vinci Code and Daughter of God to the Bible-themed Barabbas remake and Revelations television show (that's being pitched as like X-Files but sounds a lot more like Millennium, another show from X-Files creator Chris Carter.)

Premiere, meanwhile, highlights the promise for Christian filmmakers, like The Omega Code's Matthew Crouch, and promoters like Jonathan Bock, who market mainstream films to Christian ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

Weblog
Launched in 1999, Christianity Today’s Weblog was not just one of the first religion-oriented weblogs, but one of the first published by a media organization. (Hence its rather bland title.) Mostly compiled by then-online editor Ted Olsen, Weblog rounded up religion news and opinion pieces from publications around the world. As Christianity Today’s website grew, it launched other blogs. Olsen took on management responsibilities, and the Weblog feature as such was mothballed. But CT’s efforts to round up important news and opinion from around the web continues, especially on our Gleanings feature.
Ted Olsen
Ted Olsen is Christianity Today's editorial director. He wrote the magazine's Weblog—a collection of news and opinion articles from mainstream news sources around the world—from 1999 to 2006. In 2004, the magazine launched Weblog in Print, which looks for unexpected connections and trends in articles appearing in the mainstream press. The column was later renamed "Tidings" and ran until 2007.
Previous Weblog Columns: