Nicaea the Movie

Posted on January 15, 2014 · Posted in Movie News

A film crew of industry professionals from America and Europe – whose collective credits include Indiana Jones, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The Passion of the Christ – are endeavoring to produce a feature-length motion picture based on an era of history that hasn’t really been brought to the silver screen before: the First Council of Nicaea, and the rise of Emperor Constantine, during the fall of Rome.

Though the film will not go into production until later on in 2014, they released a trailer this month, which uses concept art to convey their vision for the movie:

The movie’s synopsis reads: “As religious persecution and warring factions threaten to rip the Roman Empire apart, a charismatic young emperor named Constantine emerges from the turmoil… As the flames of war subside, Constantine, the first emperor to embrace Christianity, changes Western Civilization forever by establishing the Council of Nicaea in 325AD, which lays the foundation for Christianity as we know it today.”

Already people have been calling 2014 the year of Biblical Epics, with such films as Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s Son of God, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, a movie about the Virgin Mary, and a Ridley Scott-directed retelling of the Exodus. While NICAEA is not a narrative from the Bible itself, it is a story set during the Early Church – much like this year’s Polycarp: Destroyer of Gods produced by Henline Productions – which directly follows the age of the Apostles and the writing of the New Testament, and profoundly shaped the future of Christianity and thus Western Civilization.

It will be interesting to see where this film goes. You can check out more at the film’s website: here.