Newsbites: Nativity! Omen! Kigali!

It’s been a while — just a few quick items, for now.

1. Mark Moring, my editor at CT Movies, visited the set of The Nativity Story in Italy recently. Here is his report.

One slight nit-pick, at the risk of “editing” my editor — at one point, he calls the film “the first major theatrical release about a biblical story from a Hollywood studio since the 1950s heyday of Bible epics (Ben-Hur, The Ten Commandments, The Robe).” But even if we lump in the 1960s films (King of Kings, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Bible: In the Beginning…, etc.) with the 1950s films, and even if we bracket off The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) because it had a low budget and was therefore not a “major” movie, there is still Bruce Beresford’s King David (1985), which was produced by Paramount and starred Richard Gere.

Then again, many people would like to forget that film!

2. The Omen set a new record yesterday for the most money earned on a Tuesday — oooh, aaah. Best of all, the film reportedly grossed $12,633,666 that day — but as reports, that number may not be as ominous as it seems.

3. I mentioned Un dimanche à Kigali the other day in a post about recent and upcoming films about Rwanda. But I only found out today that the film was released in Quebec about two months ago — and it has already grossed over $1 million there, according to a press release that I received this morning from distributor Equinoxe Films. The film comes to English Canada in the fall.

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).