Posted on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 by Russ Fischer
It’s a good week to be John Francis Daley. His show Bones (which I still refuse to watch because it is not a continuation of the Snoop Dogg ‘horror’ film) was just renewed for a seventh season, and now he’s been cast with Anna Kendrick in the Lionsgate post-apocalyptic romantic comedy called Rapture-Palooza. That’s the film where Craig Robinson plays the Antichrist who wants to take Anna Kendrick’s character to be his wife.
THR calls the film “Zombieland meets The Big Lebowski,” and given the plot synopsis that we’ve known, I suppose I can see that being the case:
A year after the Rapture has removed much of humanity from Earth and the planet has been rendered as a hellish proving ground, Ben and Lindsey try to reestablishing their sandwich cart business. Beyond the occasional blood rainstorm and talking locusts that surface occasionally, the sandwich sellers have a new problem: the Anti-Christ (Robinson) decides he wants to take Lindsey as his bride.
Chris Matheson wrote the script, and the film will be directed this summer by Paul Middleditch. You may or may not recall that this is part of Lionsgate’s new ‘micro-budget’ initiative. While the budget for Rapture-Palooza isn’t exactly ‘micro,’ at around $2m, it still means that we’re not in for a lot of effects. Don’t even expect something as studio-ready as Zombieland. Hell, the titles for that movie probably cost as much as Rapture-Palooza will.
Still, what sounded like a possibly middling premise looks a lot better with this trio as the core cast.