A $180 million movie about the life of Jesus Christ could
still go ahead, if resource consents for sets are approved.
Two film sets built at Elephant Rocks, near Duntroon, and
Lake Benmore have been gathering moss for four years, after
South Vineyard Ltd, the film company behind the planned
Kingdom Come movie, had trouble financing it.
However, company solicitor Stephen Brown said applications to
extend resource consents for the sets had been filed with the
Waitaki District Council, and were going through the approval
"The directors still fully intend to complete the movie using
that set. There have obviously been difficulties which they
are looking to overcome, and they have applied to renew their
consents." Filming could start relatively quickly if consents
Mr Brown declined to confirm if funding for the movie was in
A set of 100 facades and a jetty to be built at the Falstone
reserve and a smaller set at Elephant Rocks, were granted
12-month resource consents in April 2008.
But both sets would have to be demolished if the council
declines a resource consent extension.