For the price of a regular movie ticket, you too can be a producer!

Three years ago, Bruce Marchiano — who played Jesus in two Visual Bible productions in the early ’90s and will apparently do so again in the animated film The Lion of Judah — announced that he hoped to finance a new word-for-word adaptation of the Gospel of John by persuading 250,000 people to donate $100 each to the project.

Now, he’s hoping for 4.5 million people to donate $10 each by March 2010, and he hopes to have the film — which currently goes by the title Jesus … No Greater Love — ready for audiences by May 2011. The video below makes the pitch. Make of it what you will.

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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/12772868175172789393 Ryan H.

    If I thought that movies were the best way to evangelize people and nations, I might be interested, since that seems to be the focal point of this film. But it isn't the best way, and thus I'd much rather support other ministries.

    If I was to support a new Jesus film, I'd like to get a sense that it has some kind of notable artistic vision. But I don't get a sense of that, either. "This guy played Jesus before" doesn't exactly give me any faith in that.

    If they wanted to impress, too, couldn't they have put something more impressive than this, which is more or less the equivalent of an evangelical church advertisement for a weekend men's retreat? A little pre-production art, perhaps? A little actual info about where they intend to shoot?


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