Sony is working on a sort of sequel to The Passion of the Christ. The movie will depict Christ's resurrection and the following 40 days. Resurrection's scriptwriter is Lionel Chetwynd, a producer and director whose credits include The Hanoi Hilton and the Emmy-nominated TV movie Ike: Countdown to D-Day.
The Hollywood Reporter writes , "In mining biblical material, those behind the project hope to tap into the same vein that so richly rewarded Mel Gibson for his self-funded The Passion of the Christ. The 2004 release earned $612 million in worldwide box office receipts, making it one of the 30 most-popular films of all time."
Unfortunately, Sony shot themselves in the foot. "Set to produce is Tim LaHaye, co-author of the best-selling Left Behind series of books. A popular minister and frequent TV news pundit, Resurrection will mark LaHaye's first foray into mainstream filmmaking," according to The Reporter.
Tim LaHaye is a strange jump from Mel Gibson!