Nicolas Cage’s noble quest to reboot the Left Behind film series marches on, but he’s getting some competition from his Hollywood peers who aren’t about to let him have a monopoly on end times entertainment.
The apocalypse is hot property in Tinseltown right now, with Seth Rogan’s directorial debut, This Is the End, leading the fray as Rogan and his cadre of Freaks and Geeks graduates and Judd Apatow minions play their own, mostly lovable, selves facing the end of the world.
On the weightier end of the spectrum is The Leftovers, a new series HBO has in development. Based on a new novel from Tom Perrotta, the series will follow the rapture’s effects on the citizens of a suburban town. Word is, HBO is trying to get their own version of The Walking Dead, but they’ll replace the zombie virus with pre-tribulation eschatological theology.
But if HBO thinks a Walking Dead clone is going to derail Left Behind’s bright, phoenix-like rise from the ashes, they’re in for a revelation.