Unless you have an evangelical Christian in your life, you probably did not see the Kirk Cameron-starring Left Behind films about "the Rapture." But you might get your chance again with a big budget, mainstream remake starring Nicolas Cage. Same religious end-times message, with more action movie clichés — AKA Jesus Twilight.
The Left Behind books, written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, are an action-packed series of 16 novels that pits the Anti-Christ against all of humanity; total sales for the series have surpassed 65 million copies and spawned two spin-off series and a video game. In 2000, evanglical Christian Kirk Cameron starred in a film adaptation of the first Left Behind novel (which was sequalized as well) but The Hollywood Reporter reports Hollywood is eyeing a more mainstream remake "in the mold of a classic disaster film." Naturally this is where Nic Cage comes in.
Writers/producers Paul Lalonde and John Patus, who worked on the original film and its sequals, have penned the mainstream screenplay through the faith-oriented film company Cloud Ten and are seeking a $15 million budget. No word on whether Cage’s involvement with Left Behind will be anything more than "in talks," but something tells me Jesus Twilight will be right up his batshit crazypants alley.
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Kirk Cameron, who probably believes that one time men rode around on dinosaurs hunting unicorn meat while women waited patiently at home to cook pot roasts and feed their ten children, stopped by The Today Show this morning to plug his new movie, which is some sort of documentary about how America is the best because of the pilgrims and God and gay people are terrible and all babies should be born forever and ever, amen. And, of course, Hoda Kotb, amid her and Kathie Lee Gifford’s (likely drunken) fawning over the ’80s heartthrob-turned-crazy evangelist, was like, "Heya, Kirk, how do ya feel about that Todd Akin, huh?" Because of course.
Not surprisingly, Cameron defends Todd Akin, who we all know is a fucking moron for suggesting that "legitimate rape" does not result in pregnancy (because of the rape-blocking walls of the woman’s "area," which is what Todd Akin, and probably Kirk Cameron, call a "vagina"). "He loves his wife and has six kids," Cameron attests. "He misspoke and apologized!" And good for stellar lady journalists Kotb and Gifford for just letting that slide. Oof, 10AM is way too early for a political argument, right?
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