Tim LaHaye pans script for ‘Left Behind’ reboot

The Christian Post interviewed Tim LaHaye about the new Left Behind movie.

The new film will have a bigger budget than the earlier adaptation of LaHaye’s best-selling “Bible prophecy” novel. It will also feature Nicolas Cage as Rayford Steele. Steele is the protagonist who serves in the book as LaHaye’s wish-fulfillment surrogate, but LaHaye doesn’t seem to appreciate the awesomeness of having Nic Cage playing him. The conservative activist isn’t involved with this new movie and, therefore, he already doesn’t like it:

LaHaye, who took Cloud Ten Pictures to court several years ago over rights issues over the series, said he had read the script, written by Lalonde and John Patus, and indicated that he was not a fan.

“It’s probably the worst script I’ve ever read,” LaHaye told CP. “And I’ve read scores of them.”

“The plot line is nothing like the book. The only thing they retain are the names of the people, and maybe places,” LaHaye added.

“There is no redemptive value to this movie,” he continued, while acknowledging that “it’s got a lot of intrigue.”

Lalonde and Patus co-wrote the screenplay for “Left Behind II: Tribulation Force,” and Patus served as a consultant for its follow-up, ” Left Behind: World at War.” Lalonde also co-wrote the surprisingly successful initial “Left Behind” movie, which grossed $4.2 million in its theatrical release and became 2001′s most successful independent movie through its video release.

Nonetheless, LaHaye and Jenkins, whose books have sold more than 65 million copies, called the productions glorified “church basement movies.”

LaHaye, explaining why he felt the need to take Cloud Ten to court in a case that lasted nine years, said he was disappointed that 2001′s “Left Behind” starring Kirk Cameron didn’t get the initial theatrical production he said the contract had called for and he had dreamed about.

The Christian minister and author, who said he’s not really sure how much money Cloud Ten actually put into making the 2001 film, knows well that “part of the problem with Christian movies, is that it’s always been a money factor, to raise enough money to do a quality production.”

… Although LaHaye didn’t see his dreams realized the first time around and doesn’t have a hand in its remake, “Left Behind” seems to finally be headed for the theatrical treatment he had initially hoped for, just not in line with his exact vision. But he’s still dreaming.

In his brief interview with CP, the author tested a “dream” title.

“How about ‘Nicolae: Rise of the Antichrist,’” the 86-year-old minister offered, referencing the third title in the end times series.

“Some day I’d like to do that, but not now,” LaHaye explained. He’s currently working to help raise funds for another film, “The Resurrection of the Christ,” said to be a sequel to Mel Gibson’s 2004 film, The Passion of the Christ.

So far, we’ve got Nicolas Cage and we’ve got Tim LaHaye whining that the script is “nothing like the book.” I’m almost starting to want to see this movie.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    It has always been a bit amazing that L&J believe that just saying that Rayford and Buck are “good guys” and that Nicolae and his coterie are “bad guys” is enough to make their story work.

  • JustoneK

    One that’s truly edifying to a born again real true christian.

    I, for one, may end up seeing this in theaters.  Nic Cage needs to eat too.

  • esmerelda_ogg

    Whoa, LaHaye got the rights to the book that’s the sequel to the Passion of theChrist? – Naymlap

    Eh, I think the copyright on the Acts of the Apostles expired a few centuries ago. ;)

    (Edit – I have got to learn to finish reading the comments before posting. Apologies, Christopher_y.)

  • GeniusLemur

    “It’s probably the worst script I’ve ever read,” LaHaye told CP. “And I’ve read scores of them.”“The
    plot line is nothing like the book. The only thing they retain are the
    names of the people, and maybe places,” LaHaye added. – See more at:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2013/03/03/tim-lahaye-pans-script-for-left-behind-reboot/#sthash.4saOjWZ1.dpuf
    Lesse, the script is so bad even LeHaye thinks it’s awful, and they threw away everything but the names.“The
    plot line is nothing like the book. The only thing they retain are the
    names of the people, and maybe places,” LaHaye added. – See more at:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2013/03/03/tim-lahaye-pans-script-for-left-behind-reboot/#sthash.4saOjWZ1.dpuf
     Sounds like we’ve got a standard-issue hollywood “adaptation” of a book/myth/older movie/etc.
    “It’s probably the worst script I’ve ever read,” LaHaye told CP. “And I’ve read scores of them.”“The
    plot line is nothing like the book. The only thing they retain are the
    names of the people, and maybe places,” LaHaye added. – See more at:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2013/03/03/tim-lahaye-pans-script-for-left-behind-reboot/#sthash.4saOjWZ1.dpuf
    “It’s probably the worst script I’ve ever read,” LaHaye told CP. “And I’ve read scores of them.”“The
    plot line is nothing like the book. The only thing they retain are the
    names of the people, and maybe places,” LaHaye added. – See more at:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2013/03/03/tim-lahaye-pans-script-for-left-behind-reboot/#sthash.4saOjWZ1.dpuf
    “It’s probably the worst script I’ve ever read,” LaHaye told CP. “And I’ve read scores of them.”“The
    plot line is nothing like the book. The only thing they retain are the
    names of the people, and maybe places,” LaHaye added. – See more at:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2013/03/03/tim-lahaye-pans-script-for-left-behind-reboot/#sthash.4saOjWZ1.dpuf
    “It’s probably the worst script I’ve ever read,” LaHaye told CP. “And I’ve read scores of them.”“The
    plot line is nothing like the book. The only thing they retain are the
    names of the people, and maybe places,” LaHaye added. – See more at:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2013/03/03/tim-lahaye-pans-script-for-left-behind-reboot/#sthash.4saOjWZ1.dpuf
    “It’s probably the worst script I’ve ever read,” LaHaye told CP. “And I’ve read scores of them.”“The
    plot line is nothing like the book. The only thing they retain are the
    names of the people, and maybe places,” LaHaye added. – See more at:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2013/03/03/tim-lahaye-pans-script-for-left-behind-reboot/#sthash.4saOjWZ1.dpuf
    “It’s probably the worst script I’ve ever read,” LaHaye told CP. “And I’ve read scores of them.”“The
    plot line is nothing like the book. The only thing they retain are the
    names of the people, and maybe places,” LaHaye added. – See more at:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2013/03/03/tim-lahaye-pans-script-for-left-behind-reboot/#sthash.4saOjWZ1.dpuf
    “It’s probably the worst script I’ve ever read,” LaHaye told CP. “And I’ve read scores of them.”“The
    plot line is nothing like the book. The only thing they retain are the
    names of the people, and maybe places,” LaHaye added. – See more at:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2013/03/03/tim-lahaye-pans-script-for-left-behind-reboot/#sthash.4saOjWZ1.dpuf
    “It’s probably the worst script I’ve ever read,” LaHaye told CP. “And I’ve read scores of them.”“The
    plot line is nothing like the book. The only thing they retain are the
    names of the people, and maybe places,” LaHaye added. – See more at:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2013/03/03/tim-lahaye-pans-script-for-left-behind-reboot/#sthash.4saOjWZ1.dpuf

  • GeniusLemur

     Sorry about that, comments are acting wonky.

    So we’ve got a script so bad that even LeHaye realizes it’s dreadful, and it discards everything from the book but the names. Sounds like a standard-issue hollywood “adaptation”

  • vsm

    Well, we do spend three years on each book. That’s way more attention than the average Left Behind reader gives to these books.

    …Are we the Left Behind fandom?

  • Tricksterson

    I like Ashley Tisdale but have to wonder why she got so many votes, especially since she’s mostly a comedic actress and this is, in theory, a drama.

  • GeniusLemur

     Yeah, you can’t beat Moby Dick for tight plotting.

  • Tricksterson

    Jake:  The Glorious Appearing is your favorite book in the series?  Have you considered getting professional help?

  • Tricksterson

    IIRC Nicolae just shrugs it off.

  • Tricksterson

    I don’t want to know.  I have trouble enough sleeping at night.

  • Tricksterson

    Not as amazing as the fact that millions of people bought into it.

  • GeniusLemur

     He probably figures, “well, Ray’s been my pilot for a long time. If he was really gonna act against me, he would have done it by now.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/bobby.herrington.1 Boze Herrington

    Invisible_Neutrino: They do seem to think they can distinguish between good guys and bad guys just by saying, “These guys are good” and “These guys are bad.” This is largely how salvation works for many Evangelicals.

    Vsm: You’re blowing my mind.

  • aunursa

    IIRC Nicolae just shrugs it off.

    “Captain Steele,” came the emotionless tone of Nicolae Carpathia [through his fully loaded cell phone]… “Though we both know how I could respond to your egregious disrespect and insubordination, I choose to forgive you.”
    Rayford continued walking, clenching his teeth to keep from screaming at the man.
    “I can tell you are at a loss for how to express your gratitude. Now listen to me. I have a safe place and provisions where my international ambassadors will join me. You and I both know we need each other, so I suggest–”

    Soul Harvest, p. 4

  • AnonaMiss

    Count me as another vote for a Slacktivite party to go see this in theaters.

    We should also dress as Non-RTC-ly as we’re comfortable doing, to give the unkind RTCs at the theater heart attacks (while the kind RTCs will be excited that we unbelievers are Hearing The Message).

  • Carstonio

    My stance on movie adaptation is that it should capture the feeling and theme of the book, without necessarily following the plot exactly. A good adaptation can explore nuances of characters, particularly through good performances.

    The Godfather is the only novel I’ve read that was improved by translation to film – the source material was more trash. My first experience with bad adaptation was The Secret of NIMH, which left out the entire message of the book.

    So even Left Behind, as bad as it is, deserves a competent adaptation. I suspect Lalonde and Patus felt that the movie version that truly captured the theme would be unwatchable. Imagine their reaction to Nicolae reciting every country’s name…

  • Lori

     

    I’m looking forward to seeing the
    third book being made into a movie, and Nicolae being kicked on his keester by
    Rayford!!!    

     

    hope its as good as the book

     

    The fans of these books really make it tough for me to stick with my personal resolution not to judge people based on what they like to read. Reading quotes like these inspire so very many unkind thoughts. “Thick as a brick” and “dead inside”, being near the top of the list.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charity-Brighton/100002974813787 Charity Brighton

    I don’t judge people by what they like to read in a general sense, but I think that it’s not wrong to accuse someone who thinks that these books are well-written of having bad taste in novels. It might not make them bad people generally, but come on. The closest Rayford ever gets to “kicking Nicolae’s keester” is being in the room when Nicolae trips and falls.

  • Lori

     

    So we’ve got a script so bad that
    even LeHaye realizes it’s dreadful,

    We know that he thinks it’s dreadful. We don’t know that it’s appropriate to say that he realizes that it’s bad, because that implies that he’s correct. We have no way of knowing if he is or he isn’t, but we have no reason at all to assume that he is.

     

    and it discards everything from the book
    but the names. Sounds like a standard-issue hollywood “adaptation”    

    Given what utter crap the books are discarding most of the content is really the only way to have any shot at all at getting a good film. If they do manage to get a passable movie out of the garbage source material it won’t be the first time that the movie was better than the book. Yes, a high percentage of book adaptations aren’t good, but not all of them. And honestly, the worse the source material the more the movie tends to be an improvement. For example, many people have noticed that the last Twilight movie is a huge improvement over the book, because the movie folks found a way to actually have some action.

  • http://blog.trenchcoatsoft.com Ross

     I believe this can be entirely explained by “Ashley Tisdale is a conventionally attractive young woman and the sort of people who like Left Behind have fairly shallow reasons for interest in something”

  • aunursa

    I like Ashley Tisdale but have to wonder why she got so many votes, especially since she’s mostly a comedic actress and this is, in theory, a drama.

    Ashley Tisdale is the #50 highest ranked person on the Internet today, trending up 6.31% over the last 24 hours. Her popularity on the web and social networking sites is up, but her news rank has fallen.
    Her Facebook Page currently has 14,038,055 Likes and 316,146 people talking about her. She has received 24,075 new likes in the last 24 hours.
    Her Twitter account currently has 8,941,862 followers, with 7,008 new followers in the last 24 hours. She has been listed 46,793 times.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    That’s the most implausible thing EVER. Rayford is openly disrespectful to Personal Sycophant Leon, and then later actually LAYS HANDS on his boss.

    In what possible world does that go unnot-

    oh, never mind. Rayford has Plot Armor because he’s LaHaye’s Gary Stu self-insert.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    LaHaye only thinks the script is “dreadful” because he’s acting like a petulant child. If he’d had the chance to write the schlockiest piece of crap script known to exist on this Earth he’d be praising it as a masterpiece of subtlety and intuition.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    She’s kinda hot. Then again whoever plays Chloe or Hattie does kind of have to fit into the mold L&J already set up.

  • Madhabmatics

    I can only see this movie being a Starship Troopers-esque take on the book, where it is subtly critiquing it’s source material but it’s not straight out saying YO THIS IS MESSED UP so no one realizes it.

  • spinetingler

     thiscage’s
    antichrist would be a thing of rare and transcendent beaut – See more
    at:
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2013/03/03/tim-lahaye-pans-script-for-left-behind-reboot/#sthash.bybmAnNB.dpuf
    cage’s
    antichrist would be a thing of rare and transcendent beauty… – See
    more at:
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2013/03/03/tim-lahaye-pans-script-for-left-behind-reboot/#sthash.bybmAnNB.dpuf
    cage’s
    antichrist would be a thing of rare and transcendent beauty… – See
    more at:
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2013/03/03/tim-lahaye-pans-script-for-left-behind-reboot/#sthash.bybmAnNB.dpuf
    cage’s
    antichrist would be a thing of rare and transcendent beauty… – See
    more at:
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2013/03/03/tim-lahaye-pans-script-for-left-behind-reboot/#sthash.bybmAnNB.dpuf
    cage’s
    antichrist would be a thing of rare and transcendent beauty… – See
    more at:
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2013/03/03/tim-lahaye-pans-script-for-left-behind-reboot/#sthash.bybmAnNB.dpuf

  • spinetingler

     wow, Discus failfailfailfail

  • AnonymousSam

    An excuse to crossdress and wear bondage gear and upside-down pentagrams and pigtails? Count me in! :p

  • Carstonio

    “Pentagrams and Pigtails” – Cindy Brady takes over lead vocals for Slayer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-McGraw/100001988854074 Patrick McGraw

     

    [Cage] may also just not really be in touch with the rest of use; he did name his son Kal-El.

    I’ll say. He keeps pronouncing it “KA-LEL,” showing the same inability to grasp the meaning of a hyphen that everybody in Richard Donner’s movies showed.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GUFZNDXKK6JQGEIGV7VGXFUDKE c2t2

    aunursa

  • Ben English

    “I choose to forgive you,” Nicolae says. Proving that Jenkins has no fucking idea what ‘Anti’ means.

  • hidden_urchin

    If I ever need to find anything,on the internet and Google fails me then I know exactly who I’m calling.

  • flat

    No we are the hatedom

  • hidden_urchin

    I prefer to think most of the praise comes from it being a pop culture type novel that they can read without guilt. Staying in the bubble has to be boring as the Millennium.

  • flat
  • aunursa

    your encyclopedic knowledge of this series is beyond impressive.

    I’ve merely bookmarked links to online editions of the twelve books.  And the first ten are PDF versions, which make it easy to search them.

    (and would be even if I didn’t picture you as a yellow bear (my mental images of internet commenters are odd))

    Yes, that’s the meaning of my screenname.

    [aunursa bows in deference to c2t2]

  • aunursa

    No, these are real-life people who absolutely love the Left Behind series.  65 million book purchasers can’t be fraudulent or insincere.

    Wrong, yes.  But sincerely wrong.

  • http://lliira.dreamwidth.org/ Lliira

    I don’t know if you’re having that reaction for the same reason I am: what was the last movie Cage was in that was not a stew of seething misogyny? This is the kind of movie he makes! Hatewomen-blowstuffup-hatewomen-blowstuffup. 

  • http://lliira.dreamwidth.org/ Lliira

    Oddly, the Twilight books do have quite a bit of action. But written very badly, usually in passive voice, and worst of all, filtered through Bella. I haven’t seen the movies, but unless Bella has a voiceover the whole time, talking about how much she hates everything and everyone, they have to be better than the books, and Bella has to be a more appealing character than in the books. 

    Also, no one can manage to act as smug, insulting, and rude as Edward does in the books. It’s a feat beyond any actor. 

  • flat

    perhaps but I think we have the most knowledge and understanding about those series, and in time opinions can change.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GUFZNDXKK6JQGEIGV7VGXFUDKE c2t2

    Holy shit, seriously???

    I tend to think in images, so I view internet denizens as some unholy mash-up of their user icon and screen name. (And patheos doesn’t do icons.)

    Anyway, I thought “Yellow bear wearing a yarmulke” was too good an image not to pass on, and it does lend a certain… something to the way I read your comments. Suddenly they are both impressive and adorable. *cough*

  • http://profiles.google.com/marc.k.mielke Marc Mielke

    The fact that he’s willing to be in just about anything really doesn’t help his defense.

    There is an entire generation of English actors that lived by the code of ‘any work is good work’. Among them are Michael Caine, Christopher Lee, Alec Guinness…This did not seem to lower the quality of their work.

  • Lori

    I haven’t seen the movie or read the book, but friends who have tell me that in Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 2: Too F’ing Much Title there is actual action where in the book Breaking Dawn there’s just a bunch of characters meeting in a field and talking.

  • http://profiles.google.com/marc.k.mielke Marc Mielke

    Sounds as if fans of the series are more excited about Ashley Tisdale as Chloe! Why? Does she get to wear not much? And if they’re so moralistic about Nic Cage being an unbeliever, why does she get a pass on her Sons of Anarchy hooker role? 

  • Lori

    Because none of the oh so holy RTCs want to admit to watching SoA?

  • aunursa

    AU = gold
    AU + ”n” = golden
    Ursa = bear

    aunursa = Golden Bear

  • aunursa

    Really? I wasn’t aware that Left Behind fans were disappointed that Nicolas Cage is starring in the film.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GUFZNDXKK6JQGEIGV7VGXFUDKE c2t2

    Yup. That was my interpretation, though I still can’t believe I got it right. Maybe because my ‘nym is pretty much keyboard salad, I’m more inclined to think other people are just as random.


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