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October 2, 2009

Things That Caught My Eye This Week


What do Mel Gibson, vampires and green aliens have in common? They all caught my eye this week...

Welcome to what will be a regular feature here at the Christianity Today Movies blog. Things That Caught My Eye This Week is exactly what it sounds like — short snippets of movie news and gossip that I thought was interesting enough to pass along. Enjoy!

The Passion of the Mel Gibson?
What do you do if you’ve directed an extraordinarily successful (if controversial) blockbuster and need to refurbish your tarnished image after a DUI and an embarrassing racist rant? Mel Gibson’s answer may surprise you!

Jesus Christ Superstar to be remade?
Jesus Christ has always been a hot attraction on the big screen, even when films about him are controversial. Now it looks like the Son of God might become a cineplex superstar yet again – literally. Talks are underway for a “modern, hipstery take” in a remake of Jesus Christ, Superstar from (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb.

Not-So-Little Green Men
It’s no secret around here that we’re very excited about Andrew Stanton’s (the director of WALL*E and a Christian) new live action film John Carter of Mars, based on the novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Well some new casting news appeared this week. In addition to those already set in stone, including Friday Night Lights' Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) are newcomers James Purefoy (Mansfield Park, Vanity Fair), Mark Strong (Stardust, Body of Lies) and Thomas Hayden Church (Sideways, Spider-Man 3). The latter two will be playing aliens, among them the green-skinned, four-armed Tharks!