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Look out, Kirk Cameron! Nicolas Cage is rebooting the Left Behind series!

Oct. 19, 2012by: Alex Maidy

Nicolas Cage is a crazy man. So, naturally, the logical project would be a reboot of a series of novels about the Christian view of the apocalypse. Makes perfect sense.

The LEFT BEHIND series is one of the bestselling series of all time with more than 65 million copies sold worldwide. They were also filmed as a series starring Kirk Cameron in the lead role. The movies were budgeted at just over $4 million and had limited theatrical runs.

Paul Lalonde of Stony Lake Entertainment will produce the mainstream reboot of the series, according to Variety. Lalonde produced the original movies through his Cloud Ten Pictures. The new movie will be budgeted at $15 million.

Plot: Left Behind tells the story of the end times (set in the contemporary era), in which true believers in Christ have been "raptured", (i.e. taken instantly to heaven) leaving the world shattered and chaotic. As people scramble for answers, a relatively unknown, Romanian politician named Nicolae Jetty Carpathia rises to become secretary-general of the United Nations, promising to restore peace and stability to all nations. What most of the world does not realize is that Carpathia is actually the Antichrist foretold from the Bible. Coming to grips with the truth and becoming born-again Christians, Rayford Steele, his daughter Chloe, their pastor Bruce Barnes, and young journalist Cameron "Buck" Williams begin their quest as the Tribulation Force to help save the lost and prepare for the coming Tribulation, in which God will rain down judgment on the world for seven years.

When they say "mainstream" version, I wonder if they are looking to remove the overt religious nature of the story or just tone it down. A budget of $15 million is pretty small by Hollywood standards so I don't have any hope for this to be much better than the craptastic original films.

The film is reported to be going into production in the spring and aiming for a late 2013 release.

Extra Tidbit: Thatl trailer immediately made me think of those Full Moon movies like Castle Freak and Puppet Master. So bad yet so awesome.
Source: Variety

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5:27PM on 10/19/2012

JTFC

Jesus Titty-Fucking Christ, WHY?!?!?!?!?!
Jesus Titty-Fucking Christ, WHY?!?!?!?!?!
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6:27PM on 10/19/2012
It's Nicolas Cage. That should answer your question.
It's Nicolas Cage. That should answer your question.
7:20PM on 10/19/2012
seriously? I'm not sure about this. Yea the original one's weren't all that good, and the books were MUCH better. Unfortunately that happens with most films that came from books. I guess we'll see.
seriously? I'm not sure about this. Yea the original one's weren't all that good, and the books were MUCH better. Unfortunately that happens with most films that came from books. I guess we'll see.
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8:27PM on 10/19/2012
haha that is awesome the books are pretty good, but more fundamentalists then my personal beliefs they were still a good read.
haha that is awesome the books are pretty good, but more fundamentalists then my personal beliefs they were still a good read.
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9:18PM on 10/19/2012
I think those books have the potential to be taken seriously as movies...and whether you agree with them or not, most likely deserve better than the farcical attempts at bringing it to the screen.
I think those books have the potential to be taken seriously as movies...and whether you agree with them or not, most likely deserve better than the farcical attempts at bringing it to the screen.
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9:47PM on 10/19/2012

For those of you comparing this to the original movie series

YOU ARE WRONG. Because the story itself is what movies are meant to be. It's just that the original movies themselves never had huge [link] to make them great. Awesome storyline. Just needed some Hollywood backing with quality production.

And for the anti-fundamentalist, look at it this way...it's just another apocalyptic movie with a different back story, WHY HATE?
YOU ARE WRONG. Because the story itself is what movies are meant to be. It's just that the original movies themselves never had huge [link] to make them great. Awesome storyline. Just needed some Hollywood backing with quality production.

And for the anti-fundamentalist, look at it this way...it's just another apocalyptic movie with a different back story, WHY HATE?
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9:49PM on 10/19/2012
OK, you guys need to work on this comment section. Because I just double posted when in reality, I did something else. These "link" words are annoying and leave out words I typed. Not the first time this happened.
OK, you guys need to work on this comment section. Because I just double posted when in reality, I did something else. These "link" words are annoying and leave out words I typed. Not the first time this happened.
9:49PM on 10/19/2012
why is the word "bu.dget" posted as a freaking link?
why is the word "bu.dget" posted as a freaking link?
1:35AM on 10/20/2012

KNOWING?

So it'll be knowing minus the aliens LOL I'm down. I always seen this movie around but never wanted to see it because it being religious and mumbo jumbo shit. But is it good ?
So it'll be knowing minus the aliens LOL I'm down. I always seen this movie around but never wanted to see it because it being religious and mumbo jumbo shit. But is it good ?
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2:35AM on 10/20/2012
Nicolas Cage as Christ. Make that happen. After seeing him get sacrificed in The Wicker Man, you know he'll knock it out of the ballpark.
Nicolas Cage as Christ. Make that happen. After seeing him get sacrificed in The Wicker Man, you know he'll knock it out of the ballpark.
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4:01AM on 10/20/2012
Nic, I love ya, but your career has officially hit a new low.
Nic, I love ya, but your career has officially hit a new low.
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2:01PM on 10/20/2012

Hmm, whats the catch?

Not sure how this would work because this is basically Knowing with a script adjustment. But then again Hollywood apocalyptic movies are directly or indirectly inspired by the Bible so its kind of a win-win situation though I can't help but feel someone somewhere is going to mess it up for the sake of 'universal' appeal rather than follow the format laid down in the series.
Not sure how this would work because this is basically Knowing with a script adjustment. But then again Hollywood apocalyptic movies are directly or indirectly inspired by the Bible so its kind of a win-win situation though I can't help but feel someone somewhere is going to mess it up for the sake of 'universal' appeal rather than follow the format laid down in the series.
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5:50PM on 10/20/2012
Considering the source material and now Cage's involvement this has the potential to be an amazing piece [link] Sorry I couldn't make it all the way through that. They should just re-title it Suckfest now.
Considering the source material and now Cage's involvement this has the potential to be an amazing piece [link] Sorry I couldn't make it all the way through that. They should just re-title it Suckfest now.
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12:26PM on 10/21/2012

Extra Tidbit

Nice nod to Castle Freak bro haha Major props.
Nice nod to Castle Freak bro haha Major props.
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2:56AM on 10/22/2012

what the fuck...

Nic? you finally realizing your career is over? Man you had such promise, what the fuck happened?
Nic? you finally realizing your career is over? Man you had such promise, what the fuck happened?
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6:54AM on 10/22/2012

why not?

The book of Revelations has a lot of movie potential in it. Why hate this if you loved The Omen? Sounds like a pretty fun adventure story, I don't care about the source...
The book of Revelations has a lot of movie potential in it. Why hate this if you loved The Omen? Sounds like a pretty fun adventure story, I don't care about the source...
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