Saturday, July 7, 2012
Bummer news at the moment. All the actors who’ve read the script for Leap: Revelation like where it’s heading, except Alex. Wouldn’t be a big deal except that he’s the main character. He said he didn’t feel comfortable “pushing” Sunday worship as the mark of the beast and Sabbath as the seal of God. I can understand where he’s coming from, I used to believe like him, that it didn’t matter, and that going to church on Sunday isn’t submitting to Papal authority. The problem though is that there’s ZERO scripture evidence for this view. He used Romans 14:5 (which I used to use as well) and I pointed out that the passage is referring to fasting and days to fast, not a day of worship. It’s interesting to me that the message of this trilogy is to study for yourselves and the film is supposed to challenge our beliefs. As the production team, are we exempt from that? From being challenged? Of course not! Before writing that draft, I took some time to pray and study all the points of view again. I said, “What does the Bible teach about the beast, it’s mark, and how it relates to the plagues?” I can say without apology, that the views presented in the film are Biblically sound, make the most sense and can’t be questioned when you take in the scriptures as a whole.
So, at this point I have a few options. First, I’m praying for Alex that God gives him a desire to seek the Truth, not even for the sake of the film (it can take months or years to explore it all), but for his benefit. I’m also playing with a few other story ideas since I’m not sure if he and I will agree on the story for this film, I hope we can though. But if not, depending on Chelsea and Yelena’s involvement, I’ll probably do a parallel story about one of the other crews mentioned in Leap 2. They’ve been followers of the original Leap Crew and take up the mantle of preaching Truth when the first Leap Crew vanishes (at the end of Leap 2, they’re in the mountains). This puts them on the Vatican’s radar and the story can then be almost the same as my original draft, just replacing the old crew with a new one.
If I do go this route, it’ll give us some fresh faces, while still allowing me to keep parkour involved, since that’s what the fans want to see. The only thing I’ll really have to do is figure out a way to explain what happened at the end of Leap 2. Maybe the character Crystal can make a cameo or something and give a small exposition scene. Something that just occurred to me about going this route is that it helps my trilogy mirror the Bourne franchise. The newest film coming out this summer is is a parallel story about another agent with the same problems, and Leap 2 was supposed to be my nod to Bourne.
Anyway, please keep the film in your prayers.