Newsbites: Apocalypto! Frisbee! Left Behind III!

Just a few quick items.

1. Mel Gibson is finally working on his follow-up to The Passion of the Christ, reports Variety:

Gibson wrote the script and will direct “Apocalypto,” which, sources say, is not religious in theme. Pic begins production in October in Mexico for a summer 2006 release. . . .

Gibson will not star in “Apocalypto” and may not use a star for the film, which is set in an ancient civilization some 3,000 years ago. The title is a Greek term which means “an unveiling” or “new beginning.” Consistent with such Gibson films as “Braveheart” and “Passion,” the script depicts abundant action and violence. Gibson has already begun pre-production; he is setting locations and has already begun casting.

This kinda confirms what I’ve said before, about how every movie Gibson directs takes place further back in the past than the one before it. It won’t be long before he makes a film about cavemen.

2. Frisbee: The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher will be playing the Mill Valley Film Festival in California in mid-October.

3. I just got an e-mail from a publicist working on Left Behind III, which I re-posted here. Looks like they’re going to release the film to thousands of churches simultaneously in October. Does this include churches that already meet in movie theatres, I wonder?

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • David

    RE: Left Behind email. Well, any reporter receiving that email will bristle at being told what the talking points of a story should be!
    I also wonder if this distribution method does work (big if) , and more churches sign on for regular features, how it will affect their zoning as a church/nonprofit organization (as opposed to a retail business – movie theater).

  • Peter T Chattaway

    I also wonder . . . how it will affect their zoning as a church/nonprofit organization (as opposed to a retail business – movie theater).

    Interesting point!