In the same week that we learned about an Ernest reboot, we’ve now been given an even more appropriate sign of the impending apocalypse: the Left Behind series is also getting a reboot. What’s even weirder is the fact that Nicolas Cage is reportedly in talks to headline the film. (Okay… maybe that’s not so weird.) Based on the popular series of Christian books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, the original Left Behind trilogy starred former Growing Pains heartthrob Kirk Cameron in the lead role. The story revolves around survivors left behind on Earth after The Rapture who are forced to take on the Anti-Christ. But will Cage be playing the Kirk Cameron role or the Anti-Christ? Hopefully the latter.
According to Variety, the project is being set up by Paul Lalonde, former head of St. Catharines-based production company Cloud Ten Pictures. Cloud Ten produced the previous trilogy, so it seems that Lalonde has left and taken the property with him. The script is being written by Lalonde and John Patus (Left Behind II: Tribulation Force) with a budget of $15 million, which is significantly more than any of the previous films.
Christian-oriented films continue to be surprisingly profitable, catering specifically to a built-in audience. Kirk Cameron went on to star in Fireproof, which made $33 million back in 2008. Other recent successes include Courageous and Soul Surfer. As for Nicolas Cage, he has yet to be associated with any of these films, but I suppose Knowing kind of counts… right?