“Noah,” a long-held passion project from writer-director Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan,” “The Wrestler”) was released by Paramount on March 28 with a stellar cast (Russell Crowe, pictured, Anthony Hopkins) and $125 million worth of special effects.
Next month will see “Heaven Is For Real,” an adaptation of the best-selling book about a little boy’s after-death experiences; it’s directed by Randall Wallace (“Secretariat”), stars Greg Kinnear, and is being shepherded into theaters by Sony.
Hollywood courted the faithful in films like “The Ten Commandments” (1956), in which Charlton Heston played Moses.
AP Photo/Philippe Antonello, Marquis Films Ltd.
“The Passion of the Christ,” Mel Gibson’s controversial 2004 passion play, went on to gross more than $600 million.
The early 1970s saw a surge of hippie-Jesus movies like “Jesus Christ Superstar” (pictured) and “Godspell” (both 1973) and Franco Zeffirelli’s 1977 TV miniseries “Jesus of Nazareth.”
A scene from “Godspell” (1973).