Yet another movie about the Resurrection!?

Fox Faith is releasing The Inquiry, AKA The Final Inquiry, next month. A team of German and Canadian filmmakers is developing The Sword of Peter. And Screen Gems and Tim LaHaye are collaborating on The Resurrection — the release date of which, incidentally, was recently bumped to February 27, 2009.

And now … another film joins the mix! Variety reports:

Making a foray into the faith-based arena, Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment is producing “Risen –The Story of the First Easter.”

Hyde Park has hired scribe Paul Aiello to pen the script, which will center on the apostle Peter in telling the story of the time between the resurrection of Jesus and the Pentecost. . . .

“Risen” does not yet have a distributor, although Hyde Park has a deal at Fox.

Generally speaking, Hyde Park has turned out mainstream studio fare, including the upcoming Sandra Bullock starrer “Premonition,” which Sony opens Friday. Past pics include “Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story,” “Bringing Down the House” and “Raising Helen.”

Amritraj said the time is right for faith-based entertainment considering the chaotic state of the world.

“And then secondly, clearly, I think there is a commercial marketplace and need for movies that have hope and values,” Amritraj told Daily Variety. “It’s a big deal for us.”

Hyde Park intends to pursue other such projects. . . .

Seems like everyone wants to make a sequel to The Passion of the Christ (2004) these days. Bring ‘em on, I say!

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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