A Passion For Profits

Mel Gibson's controversial The Passion Of The Christ has earned $250 million at the U.S. box office in just three weeks. Reverent Hollywood moguls are now combing through the Scriptures for other projects with religious themes. ABC started the procession with its long-shelved telefilm Judas, left, which aired to middling ratings a week ago. Film versions of the best seller The Da Vinci Code (to be directed by Ron Howard) and The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis' Christian-themed children's epic, are also in the works. More fare for the faithful is on the way.

--By Jeffrey Ressner


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