Independent film studios Cloud Ten Pictures and Namesake Ent. announced their intent to develop and produce an animated film version of their successful faith-based film Left Behind. Based on the novel of the same name by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, the indie stunned Hollywood by becoming the top-selling video in America when it was released in October 2000.
According to Ten Pictures CEO Peter Lalonde, the animated version will be a young and hip take on the apocalyptic events described in the best-selling novel, a popular interpretation of the mysterious Book of Revelations.
“The storyline will be even closer to the original books than a live-action movie can be simply because of the freedom animation gives,” notes Cloud Ten’s VP of films André van Heerden. “We are very excited about the possibilities and look forward to choosing an animation partner.”
After selling more than 3 million copies on DVD and VHS, the live-action film starring Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains) enjoyed a successful theatrical run fueled by the success of the novel and a grassroots box office campaign by Christian groups nationwide. The sequel, Left Behind II: Tribulation Force, opened second only to Spider-Man the week they both debuted on home video in 2002.