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Genesis: Paradise Lost (formerly known as Creation, Dr. Dino, Genesis 3D and Genesis: Where Creation and Evolution Collide) is the
unknown and obscure much-hyped, highly-anticipated project by Eric Hovind's Creation Today and Resurrection Pictures with Ralph Strean directing. Since 2009, different organizations have been asking for donations and it is not clear how much money has been raised in total for it.
According to Resurrection Pictures, "Resurrection Pictures’ original film project, Genesis, has been in the works for a while and has taken many different twists and turns."
In 2009, Resurrection Pictures announced plans to produce Creation, its first original film project, which was "a biopic that dramatizes the life of Kent “Dr. Dino” Hovind." The movie's script was written by Kevin Miller, the writer of Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, and was "scheduled for production in 2010." The organization asked for tens of thousands of dollars to begin production. No word, however, on how they would cover Hovind's years in prison for tax fraud.
In 2010, the film was not produced, but instead was renamed Dr. Dino: Where Creation and Evolution Collide and Resurrection Pictures claimed "it is scheduled for production in 2011." Of course, the website asked for money. It also posted part of the script which described Kent Hovind in a science classroom teaching children about "evolutionists". In February 2010, Resurrection Pictures wrote: "We are so excited about this film and are looking to release it in theaters in 2011".
Sometime around 2013, Eric Hovind and Creation Today became involved producing the movie, and was given promotion from Christian media. Hovind asked people for $275 for 1 second, $8,250 for 30 seconds and $16,500 for one minute of the movie at his website.
In addition to the previous solicitations for money, Hovind had IndieGoGo fundraisers for the movie. The first was in October 2013 when Hovind brought in $272,359 from donors, "expecting" a "mid 2014" finish date. Specifically Hovind said, "In 40 days we raised $275,000.00 of the production budget." By mid 2014, the movie was not completed. Rather, Hovind has asked for $800,000. An April 2014, update reported receiving $300,000. In June 2014, Hovind asked for $500,000.
In September 2014, Hovind announced he was delaying the movie for about a year so he could raise more money, writing: "While we do have a set goal of completing the film in a little under a year, we’re also raising more funds to add more CG to the film, so our release date is like a moving target."
By early 2016, it still had no release date. Yet, Creation Today continued asking for money and selling items to promote the movie. On January 21, 2016, Eric Hovind said he needs people to give him another $90,000 to finish the movie and claims it will be completed in "eight months."
In June 2017, the title was changed to Genesis: Paradise Lost, supposedly part 1 of an unknown number. It includes animation alongside commentary from creationists, including Ken Ham and Ray Comfort. In July 2017, Hovind requested supporters donate $350,000 to finance showing the movie in theaters in the United States. By August 2017, he raised $300,000 and then Hovind announced receiving all the money. It premiered at 7:00 p.m. on the 13th of November, 2017. Not one actual critic bothered to review it, as per Rotten Tomatoes.
Evolution of Genesis over the years
In 2009, the summary was as follows:
“”Resurrection Pictures is currently in the script preparation phase of its story about a high school biology teacher who decides to begin telling the truth to his students about where we came from and what follows in the often funny and tearful story of one man's struggle to stand up for the truth.
In 2012, the summary was as follows:
“”Resurrection Pictures’ original film project, is a reworking of our Dr. Dino project. An entertaining movie based on the argument of Creation vs. Evolution that is currently in production.
In 2013, the movie summary was:
“”Genesis 3D Movie is a feature-length documentary film based on the first book of the Bible, featuring stunning 3D visual effects accompanied with expert scientific research!
As of 2017, the movie summary is:
“”GENESIS: PARADISE LOST will entertain and educate as an event for the whole family. The digital animation is interwoven with insightful commentary from accredited scientists and educators such as Dr. Charles Jackson and Dr. Georgia Purdom, and popular speakers such as Ken Ham and Ray Comfort. Cultural apologist Dr. Voddie Baucham, Jr.’s deep booming voice serves as Genesis’ “unseen narrator” whose vocal presence gives the visual images deeper meaning and life.
With the wild history of this film, the trailer is significantly different from what it was in the past.
- Eric Hovind, Christians Want Genesis 3D Movie This Badly, December 3rd, 2013
- Genesis Movie 3D
- "When will the film be released? It is our hope and expectation that the film will be completed Mid 2014." https://web.archive.org/web/20131203004707/http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/genesis-3d-movie
- "…we have several different goals all the way up to $800,000" https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/genesis-3d-movie#/updates