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Nic Cage to Reboot ‘Left Behind’

BY RELEVANT CULTURE / FILM / ISSUE 61 December 15, 2012

In certain fringe scientific circles, there exists a theoretical concept called the “multiverse,” in which an infinite number of realities coincide with an infinite number of possibilities. In other words, there’s a reality out there in which you’re a billionaire, another in which you’re an accomplished pirate and so on.

For obvious reasons, it’s a widely criticized theory within the “serious” field of scientific inquiry. But then, how else could one explain the recent announcement that Left Behind is likely getting a big-budget reboot starring well-known peddler of lunacy Nicolas Cage? Surely such a development is only conceivable if we allow for the reality of a multiverse—meaning, it had to happen somewhere.

The original Left Behind movies, starring Kirk Cameron, adapted the mega-successful Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins End Times novels that sold more than 65 million copies. Paul Lalonde, writer and producer of the original movies, and John Patus, who worked on the final entry, 2005’s Left Behind: World at War, have written a screenplay and are hoping to take the movie series in a more mainstream direction.

So, they are in talks with Cage. He still gets plenty of work (he’s currently signed on for National Treasure 3 and Expendables 3), and is the rare actor who’s managed to find his groove as the punchline to a wild-eyed, overwraught joke. In that context, in this reality, these two are made for each other.

Our Left Behind Plot Predictions
60%

Odds the rapture’s explanation will be written on the back of the Constitution.

30%

Odds Larry the Cable Guy will co-star as Cage’s bumbling sidekick.

75%

More explosions than the original Left Behind movie.

100%

Odds Cage will look in the camera at some point and say, “I’ve been left behind.”