Christian Bale is attached to star and produce while “The Big Short” co-scribe Charles Randolph will pen a film adaptation of David Kushner’s Vanity Fair article “The Church of Living Dangerously”.
Bale will star as John Lee Bishop, the married pastor and natural showman of The Living Hope Church which became so big at his peak it filled a former K-Mart superstore in Portland Oregon.
He also had a rough childhood raised in bare-knuckle fight clubs, nearly got mauled by a Bengal tiger during one of his sermons, and was caught in an affair with a church employee along with having a raging painkiller and drinking problem.
When his son developed a meth and heroin habit, his idea of intervention was to take the drugs with the youth which led to him ultimately smuggling drugs for a Mexican cartel and being convicted and sentenced to five years behind bars. The son ultimately helped pull his father back into the light.
New Regency has acquired film rights to the article and to both Bishop’s life rights, with Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Eric Robinson also producing. Bale just wrapped the new David O Russell-directed film at New Regency.
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