Kingdom Come — gone for good now?

First it was on, then it was off, and then it was on again — but now it looks like Kingdom Come, the life-of-Jesus movie that was going to be filmed in New Zealand this year, may be off for good.

The Timaru Herald says no official announcements have been made yet, but “moteliers in Twizel have had bookings cancelled and an email received by them this week said the movie was no longer going ahead.”

The production company is believed to have spent several million dollars on the film already, constructing replicas of Capernaum and other first-century settings in Wellington and other New Zealand locations; but the work was put on hold before Christmas so that the filmmakers could focus on securing the movie’s financing and distribution.

The producers have since insisted that they plan to get things rolling again, but some crew members are doubtful about that, and a number of them have already moved on to other jobs.

FEB 27 UPDATE: The Dominion Post reports that the filmmakers are still insisting that their movie will go ahead; they expect to secure bridge financing within two weeks, and they plan to resume pre-production in March for a start date in April.

However, the Nelson Mail reports that some of the extras, who have been letting their hair and beards grow long for the movie, have given up hope and begun to visit their barbers.

Darryl Ware, who has worked as an extra in other movies, said he had never seen filmmakers be so bad at communicating with their cast and crew: “It’s like waiting for the second coming.”

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).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04113504179705144445 Thankful Paul

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    Five regional groups in Tokyo called ‘‘film commissions’’ have been actively inviting filmmakers, including foreign ones, to come shoot in their hometowns in a bid to wipe out Tokyo’s reputation as an uptight city unkind to filmmakers.

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