“Radical urban explorers” post new photos of an abandoned Bible-movie set in New Zealand


Remember Kingdom Come, the life-of-Jesus movie that was going to be filmed in New Zealand several years ago?

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New Zealand life-of-Jesus film coming back from the dead?

Longtime readers of this blog might remember Kingdom Come, a movie about the life of Jesus that was going to be filmed in New Zealand nearly four years ago. Sets were built, extras were hired, and then… suddenly… everything was put on hold.

Little bits of news have popped up since then — my friend Matt Page noted a few at his Bible Films Blog in 2009 and 2010 — but for the most part, the project appeared to be dead. Indeed, in January 2011, the Dominion Post reported that one of the sets had “rotted” and had been dismantled by the Defence Force, at a possible cost to the taxpayer of $70,000. And by December, the producers had missed a deadline to pay their debt, originally estimated at $5.8 million. The film’s 275 creditors eventually settled for a “full and final settlement” of $2 million.

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