SA film on Jesus gets Hollywood nod

2012-02-01 11:30
Cape Town – The script has been playing in director Regardt van den Bergh's head for the last ten years. Now it's going to be filmed: His epic Jesus movie The Lamb. And it's all happening on Hollywood scale.

When Hollywood producer Frank Yablans heard there's a South African who wants to make another Jesus film, he was not in the mood for the story, reports Sarie.

"There were too many," the big name in the film world said. Yablans is best known as producer of the 1972 mafia-hit The Godfather.

The Lamb tells the story of Jewish family in the time when Jesus lived and deals with how a father learns to forgive.

Yablans had already heard of Van den Bergh, "the talented director of South Africa", and decided to watch the promotional DVD that Van den Bergh and his team made.
"After I watched it for the third time, I realised it would not just be another Jesus film. This is a movie with a secular, universal message. It's about forgiveness," he told Sarie.

Yablans, former president of the Hollywood film company Paramount Pictures and now an independent producer at Promenade Pictures in California, is now on board as The Lamb's producer.

Van den Bergh is known for films like Faith like Potatoes, Hansie and Hanna Hoekom.



  • Pierre - 2012-02-01 12:07

    Excellent Richardt !!! Looking forward to seeing your production ! All the best

  • Shane - 2012-02-01 12:29

    Wow! That is a miracle

  • Morne - 2012-02-01 12:37

    Oh yay, another one...

  • jandreleroux - 2012-02-01 13:20

    Irrespective of your religious beliefs, this is good for SA! Proudly South African!

  • Piet - 2012-02-01 14:16

    Not another Jesus film.....really? Forgiveness? How's about a movie about Satan and some heavy metal througout the movie? Waaaay more interesting.

  • Sharon - 2012-02-01 14:39

    Well done hope your film grabs an Oscar

  • teayance - 2012-02-01 15:01

    Proudly South African. Let's take the world by storm

  • Fatty - 2012-02-01 15:22

    great, i love fiction

  • Gavin - 2012-02-01 15:31

    We must learn to forgive like Jesus did.He was sent to earth as an example to us on how our personalities should be.He was loving and caring.We are living in a time where the earth is run by the devil and a lot of false profits.I can understand why Frank Yablans wasn't interested in this movie "the godfather" is a far cry from a Christian movie.

      Fatty - 2012-02-01 16:05

      How about, maybe if we had no faith in superstitious hogwash, the world would be a far saner place. Take your blinkers off Gavin

  • Mary - 2012-02-01 16:15

    Well done!

  • Gerda - 2012-02-01 16:20

    Having seen some of his films and all of them excellent I foresee good ratings. Congratulations Regardt, I know you have God's backing on this one.

      Fatty - 2012-02-01 16:27

      Should win him a few imaginary kudos points ay, enough to make him feel warm, fuzzy and righteous inside.

      Fred - 2012-02-01 19:58

      Pity this god does not back him with money. Oh, I forgot. This god who created everything cannot create his own money and has to rely upon self appointed Earthly sales representatives in dresses and smart suits to collect it for him.

  • Fatty - 2012-02-01 19:31

    "If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people" House

      Jimmy - 2012-02-21 16:58

      Fatty u got it backwards. If I was not a christian I would say u r backwards but that would not be right.

  • pthorold - 2012-02-02 04:06

    Well Done!!!!!!

  • Jimmy - 2012-02-21 17:00

    This is marvelous. Hope it gets shown in the middle East like the Jesus film. Maybe we could have some forgiveness there and no more killings.

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