Brosnan in religious heavy film
The blurb for a new film called Salvation Boulevard starring Pierce Brosnan, Ed Harris, and Jim Gaffigan sounds very interesting, but at the same time there are warning lights going off in my head screaming that it won't be long before the Church are up in arms about the story, for it features…hold onto yourselves now…religion!
Not just religion but churches, fundamentalist groups, and comedy. Okay.
The comedic thriller is set in the world of mega-churches in which a former Deadhead-turned-born again-Christian finds himself on the run from fundamentalist members of his mega-church who will do anything to protect their larger-than-life pastor.
Interesting, a comedy/thriller that is looking at the idea of huge groups of organised religions, and one of these churches has fundamentalist members who are causing problems? Sounds like it could be a good film, but how long before organised religious groups are up in arms about the idea? I guess they might already be.
The Variety story through Collider tells us that the film is being adapted from the novel, which is also called Salvation Boulevard (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), and was written by Larry Beinhart. That name may mean nothing to you until I say Wag the Dog. Now if you've seen that film then you'll probably be thinking the same thing as me, political satire that was pretty damn harsh as well as being funny, but not in the slapstick comedy way.
Now move that to organised religion and I could imagine there would be just as much material to hit out at, however organised religions themselves may not agree.
Here's the blurb from the novel to give you more of an idea:
Some cases test a private investigators wits, others test his courage, and still others, his character. In Salvation Boulevard, P. I. Carl Van Wagener has found a case that tests them all, and then goes on to test his soul. A professor is dead and a suspect-who has confessed-is in custody. But nothing is what it seems. After all, the dead man is an atheist professor, the accused an Islamic foreign student, the defense attorney a Jew, and the detective a Born Again Christian.
As Carl gets deeper and deeper into the investigation of the death of professor Nathaniel MacLeod, his most basic beliefs and relationships are tried and his world is turned upside down. The mega-church, the pastor, and his new wife who have redeemed Carl from a life of grim debauchery insist on his dropping the case. But he cant stop searching for the real killer and the truth-no matter what the personal cost.
Controversial? No doubt. Going by the blurb of the novel I can't see that they're going to get away without some huge changes.