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Millions are paid for THE PASSION OF THE ARK
Cinescape.com ^ | 15 APR 04 | Patrick Sauriol

Posted on 04/15/2004 8:15:35 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater

A new spec screenplay has created a lot of heat in Hollywood thanks to Mel Gibson's THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST. Bobby Florsheim and Josh Stolberg's THE PASSION OF THE ARK was sold to Columbia Pictures for $1.5 million dollars, with another million waiting for the two writers if the project gets greenlighted. It's a huge sale for the industry, especially for two previously unproduced screenwriters, but that's the kind of heat that high concept religious movie ideas have in the wake of Gibson's CHRIST film.

THE PASSION OF THE ARK is set in the modern day and follows a regular man who is told by God that a second great flood will be coming. God instructs the man to build an Ark like the one Noah made thousands of years ago.

All of the major studios were going after Florsheim and Stolberg's screenplay but it was Columbia that ponied up the most to own it. Columbia-based film production firm Original Films (FAST AND FURIOUS producer Neal Moritz's company) is developing the project.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: ark; hollywood; modern; noah; noahsark; passion; script; thepassion
Hollywood obviously still doesn't get it. The reason why "The Passion" worked is because it treated the Scripture with respect. Anyone who spends more than five minutes studying Genesis will see the immediate and gargantuan flaw in this premise that will doom any potential film based off this script.
1 posted on 04/15/2004 8:15:37 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater
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To: Future Snake Eater
The only problem I see with this is that I just cannot get over the rainbow (promise).
2 posted on 04/15/2004 8:20:14 PM PDT by Ingtar (Understanding is a three-edged sword : your side, my side, and the truth in between ." -- Kosh)
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To: Ingtar
Hollyweird is essentially saying God goes back on His Word.
3 posted on 04/15/2004 8:23:56 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Before entering the Witness Protection Program, I was John Galt. Anyone asking about me?)
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To: Ingtar
Genesis 9

13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. 14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: 15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.

4 posted on 04/15/2004 8:28:23 PM PDT by Delta 21
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To: Future Snake Eater
Thanks for the thread. I needed to read my Bible today, and thats as good a verse as any!
5 posted on 04/15/2004 8:31:10 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Have you read your Bible today ?)
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To: Future Snake Eater
THE PASSION OF THE RIP OFF TITLE of the ARK is set in the modern day and follows a regular man who is told by God that a second great flood will be coming.

Yawn. So its not about scripture, is it respectful of religion?

(Bomb.)

6 posted on 04/15/2004 8:32:39 PM PDT by PeoplesRep_of_LA (I am no longer afraid to publicly say I love Jesus, thanks Mel)
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To: Future Snake Eater
Is this a spoof article?

If not, it's amazing just how ignorant Hollywood is of the most elementary knowledge of Scripture.
7 posted on 04/15/2004 8:33:58 PM PDT by RBroadfoot
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To: Future Snake Eater
Hollywood obviously still doesn't get it. The reason why "The Passion" worked is because it treated the Scripture with respect....

That's why "The Alamo" bombed too. Hollywood didn't treat the Alamo with respect.

8 posted on 04/15/2004 8:35:19 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: Future Snake Eater
Exactly. They think they're tapping into their newly-discovered Christian Cash market, and they're so hopelessly blind that they're throwing money into the wind. Unreal.

MM
9 posted on 04/15/2004 8:36:51 PM PDT by MississippiMan
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To: Future Snake Eater
Hollywood obviously still doesn't get it. The reason why "The Passion" worked is because it treated the Scripture with respect.

Good enough reason to boycott this piece of crap idea for a movie. See if Hollyweird gets it then when it flops.

10 posted on 04/15/2004 8:40:03 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (`,,`,,Election '04..It's going to be a bumpy ride,,`,,`)
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To: Polybius
That's why "The Alamo" bombed too. Hollywood didn't treat the Alamo with respect.

ROFL...what utter rot.

Saw the Alamo today. Thought it was fine. And respectful.

The weird Alamo-bashing campaign on FR by people who largely didn't even see the movie is one of the lamer things I've seen around here. Typical was grand-idiot Joseph Farah's article urging a boycott though he admitted he didn't see it. Of course it all started with an e-mail campaign that basically lied about events in the movie.

The movie bombed because of the lack of a major star, and the fact that most Americans have no idea what happened at the Alamo; certainly isn't covered in schools anymore outside of Texas.

"Gods and Generals" was a massive box-office flop, and FR loved that movie. "Master and Commander" was a box office disappointment, even with a major star. Seems historical war movies may be going out of style.

11 posted on 04/15/2004 8:52:29 PM PDT by John H K
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To: Polybius; PeoplesRep_of_LA; Future Snake Eater
That's why "The Alamo" bombed too.

Now if they had just called it Thw Passion of the Alamo .....

12 posted on 04/15/2004 9:42:12 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy ("Despise not the jester. Often he is the only one speaking the truth")
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To: Future Snake Eater
THE PASSION OF THE ARK is set in the modern day and follows a regular man who is told by God that a second great flood will be coming. God instructs the man to build an Ark like the one Noah made thousands of years ago.

But later in the script the man turns out to be an ambulance case and all is forgotten.

But later in the script the man learns that since no flood came, there is no god, and he turns inside himself for 'crystal' mysticism.

But later in the script, it is revealed the 'instructions from God' were holograms designed to get the 'man' to build the world's largest 'ark-themed' rave club, where all the teenage E-bots 'see' the animals come in two by two.

13 posted on 04/15/2004 9:49:09 PM PDT by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: John H K
ROFL...what utter rot. Saw the Alamo today. Thought it was fine. And respectful.

I heard a snip of the dialogue on NPR a couple of days ago.

Davy Crockett, with fear in his voice asks, "I understood the fighting was over in Texas. Isn't it?"

That is the publicity that is getting out to the public: a cowardly Davy Crockett. The Liberals could not care less about the Alamo. The Conservatives don't want to see a Disney (Eisener) movie that deconstructs yet another chapter in American history.

The movie uses the Diary of Jose Enrique de la Pena which most scholars believe to be a forgery.

If you read John Kerry's Congressional testimony and "thought it to be fine" would that qualify any criticism of it to be "utter rot"?

Do you believe the de la Pena diaries to be forgeries or genuine?

14 posted on 04/15/2004 10:58:11 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: RBroadfoot
Is this a spoof article?

No, it's not a spoof. Cinescape tends to publish a lot of genre-related (usually sci-fi/action/horror) news and rumors, but they're generally quick to point out whether a story is a rumor.

The complete lack of thought put into this script idea seems very plausible to me, that's for sure. Hollywood has proven time and again that they're completely out of touch with the outside world. Here is Exhibit 430,998 (give or take a 100,000).

15 posted on 04/16/2004 5:37:14 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater ("Oh boy, I can't wait to eat that monkey!"--Abe Simpson)
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To: John H K
"Master and Commander" was a box office disappointment, even with a major star. Seems historical war movies may be going out of style.

At first I doubted that statement, since BoxOfficeMojo.com says that "Master and Commander" earned a "Total as of Apr. 14, 2004: $93,821,423 + Overseas Gross: $115,767,000." That's $209.5 million, worldwide. However, production and marketing costs were approximately $180 million, giving a net profit of just under $30 million.

That's still pretty good, but, given how good that movie was, not nearly what it should have taken in.

Then there's "Gods and Generals." Total costs: $86 million. Total BO gross: $12.8 million. Yeah, I'd call that a disappointment.

16 posted on 04/16/2004 5:45:01 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater ("Oh boy, I can't wait to eat that monkey!"--Abe Simpson)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Good enough reason to boycott this piece of crap idea for a movie. See if Hollyweird gets it then when it flops.

I wouldn't count on it. How many "Police Academy" movies did it take before THAT message was sent?

17 posted on 04/16/2004 5:46:32 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater ("Oh boy, I can't wait to eat that monkey!"--Abe Simpson)
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To: Oztrich Boy
Baa "The Passion" is unique, my Hollywood neighbors don't get that it wasn't marketing, it was writing skills, something they are always trying to mask and trick the audience into not desiring.
18 posted on 04/16/2004 7:39:11 AM PDT by PeoplesRep_of_LA (I am no longer afraid to publicly say I love Jesus, thanks Mel)
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To: John H K
"Seems historical war movies may be going out of style."
Hope your wrong my friend. I heard Spielberg had an Iwo Jima script he was working with. I think I may have heard Tom Hanks may be involved as well somehow. I sure hope so.
I thought ' Saving Private Ryan ' was a tremendous film no matter how many conservatives disliked it. It brought the entire WW II generation and their sacrifice out in the open for the youngest generations. I'm talking about the middle school / high school age kids who never had a clue. They barely touch on such subjects these days. There was such an amazing buzz about the film, the subject matter etc.
19 posted on 01/27/2006 6:00:12 PM PST by warsaw44
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