Nicolas Cage in Talks to Star in 'Left Behind' Reboot

Paul Lalonde and John Patus, who both worked on the original films, are eyeing a more mainstream direction for the new project.
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Nicolas Cage is in talks to star in the reboot of Left Behind, the faith-based, action-packed book and movie series about the End Times.

Paul Lalonde, the writer and producer of the original set of 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 and are eyeing a budget in the $15 million range.

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The Left Behind movies, which starred Kirk Cameron and launched in 2001, were adapted from the mega-successful books written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins that reportedly sold more than 65 million copies.

The movies were political thrillers that focused on the End of Days and the Rapture. Those Christian beliefs are again the focal point of the new movie, but the story will be in the mold of a classic disaster film. The plot takes place during the first few hours after the Rapture and focuses on survivors.