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Nicolas Cage is in negotiations to topline "Left Behind," a mainstream reboot of the Christian-themed movie trilogy that will mark the first film from Stoney Lake Entertainment, a new production company led by Paul Lalonde of faith-oriented banner Cloud Ten Pictures.
The "Left Behind" franchise is based on the series of books written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins that have sold more than 65 million copies worldwide.
Lalonde will produce the action thriller with Michael Walker, and co-write the script with John Patus, who wrote 2005's "Left Behind: World at War." Veteran stunt coordinator and second unit director Vic Armstrong ("Army of One") is in talks to direct.
Project, budgeted in the $15 million range, was shopped at last year's American Film Market. Production is expected to begin in early spring with an eye toward wide release in the fourth quarter of 2013. Lalonde told Variety that there is a theatrical guarantee in place from distributor Samuel Goldwyn Films.
The Christian-themed "Left Behind" reboot will follow a group of survivors during the first few hours after the Rapture.
No word yet on how any of his previous films may impact his performance. Will this new movie make him a National Treasure to evangelicals? Will he only have a cameo as a Ghost Rider? Or perhaps this movie, like most of his others, will be Gone in Sixty Seconds.
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