Starring Nicholas Cage and directed by a former stunt man, what could possibly go wrong? Here’s a quote from the Hollywood Reporter:
Legendary stunt coordinator and second-unit director Vic Armstrong is making a very rare jump into the director’s chair for the rebooted Left Behind movie.
Armstrong is in negotiations to direct Nicolas Cage, who is making a deal to star in what producers hope will be a new trilogy based on the mega-successful Christian-themed books written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.
I wonder why Kirk Cameron won’t star in the series again…
The movies were political thrillers that focused on the End of Days and the Rapture. Those Christian beliefs are again the focal point of the new movie, but the story will be more in the mold of a classic disaster film. The plot unfolds during the first few hours after the Rapture and focuses on the survivors.
Producers are working with a budget in the $15 million range and are aiming to shoot the first movie in spring 2013 in Baton Rouge, La.
Sigh. Imagine what NASA could do with an extra 15 million… or a pediatrics hospital… or the local school district… or an animal shelter… even my home town. Sheesh, my town would be so solvent that I doubt residents would have to pay property taxes for a very long time. (All right, it’s a really small town.)
Nevertheless, someone is spending it on a series that’s already been done badly and undoubtedly an audience will line up to watch it done badly again.