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 ...1
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