The Non-Sequel Sequel to either the Passion or Gladiator

I admit, I enjoyed the Passion and do so every Easter. Granted, there are some ‘issues’ with it, but over all, I liked it, so I am interested in seeing what is being billed as a non-sequel type to it (ha!).

The film will be a standalone Biblical epic that will “focus on the power, greed and ambition of those involved in the crucifixion.”

The producer of the film Bill McKay said:

“It’s as much about the key players as it is about Jesus. We want to bring in the Gladiator dimension of the first century against the political milieu of the time.”

This means that some of the main characters in the film will be Pontius Pilate, Herod, Caiaphas and Judas – not your usual line of of main characters in any Biblical tale.

First Look: The Resurrection of the Christ – Screen Rant.

Well…I dunno now….

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

10 thoughts on “The Non-Sequel Sequel to either the Passion or Gladiator

  1. Oh man, how can you say that you enjoyed the Passion. I still have nightmares about it. You may not have ever heard of Marmite, but you either absolutely love it or hate it and it seems it is the same way with this film. I loved aspects of it, the language and ‘mood’ etc, but it is simply too harrowing for me.

  2. I hate how vilified the players in the ‘crucifixion’ have become. One can’t both volunteer to be brutally murdered, put said plan in to action and then be mad at the people who help to successfully accomplish your goal. This is just one more example of Biblical contradiction.

    1. Robert, it is not a biblical contradiction, more of a historical one. Pilate was not villifed but a myth developed around him later on which nearly canonized him as Saint. And Judas? Surely you caught my series on him.

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