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Millions are paid for THE PASSION OF THE ARK
Spec script sells for $1.5 million
By Patrick Sauriol
April 15, 2004
© Columbia Pictures
A new spec screenplay has created a lot of heat in Hollywood thanks to Mel Gibson's THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
. Bobby Florsheim and Josh Stolberg's THE PASSION OF THE ARK
was sold to Columbia Pictures for $1.5 million dollars, with another million waiting for the two writers if the project gets greenlighted. It's a huge sale for the industry, especially for two previously unproduced screenwriters, but that's the kind of heat that high concept religious movie ideas have in the wake of Gibson's CHRIST
film.THE PASSION OF THE ARK
is set in the modern day and follows a regular man who is told by God that a second great flood will be coming. God instructs the man to build an Ark like the one Noah made thousands of years ago.
All of the major studios were going after Florsheim and Stolberg's screenplay but it was Columbia that ponied up the most to own it. Columbia-based film production firm Original Films (FAST AND FURIOUS
producer Neal Moritz's company) is developing the project.Got a scoop? Know something that you need to tell us about? Send it to us!