Moorpark organisation heads adult teen chronicle of ‘Left Behind’

September 25, 2016 - Finding Carter

The writer and dual co-writers of a young-adult film chronicle of a best-selling faith-based “Left Behind” books are Moorpark residents who are energetically expecting Wednesday’s one-night-only display of their film in theaters opposite a nation, including Thousand Oaks and Oxnard.

The doubt they’re anticipating moviegoers will be seeking themselves as they leave: What would we do if a universe as we knew it was finale tomorrow?

“Vanished/Left Behind: Next Generation” contains romance, action, torment and a bit of humor, pronounced book co-writer Joan Johnson, one of a 3 Moorpark residents behind a film.

And while a movie’s categorical purpose is entertainment, she believes audiences will leave a museum with a summary that “hope exists in a universe — that people can work together.”

“There is something some-more than we see in a unchanging day-to-day life,” she said.

Johnson, whose past credits embody “Rugrats” and “The Wild Thornberrys,” co-wrote a book with Kim Beyer-Johnson, who’s no relation. Johnson’s brother-in-law, Dave Johnson, is a producer.

The “Vanished” tour began about 4 years ago when Randy LaHaye, grandson of Tim LaHaye, one of a “Left Behind” novels’ authors, approached Dave Johnson with a idea of formulating a young-adult diagnosis of a bestselling books.

“I get it,” Dave Johnson recalls revelation him. “I’m in. It’s ‘Twilight’ meets ‘Walking Dead’ and a Book of Revelation.”

He talked with his sister-in-law, who suspicion of Beyer-Johnson and enlisted her in co-writing a “coming of age during a Apocalypse” film.

Joan Johnson explained that a film does not follow, per se, any of a 16 books in a “Left Behind” collection by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye.

“It was desirous by a universe Jenkins/LaHaye created,” she said. “We took that universe and combined a possess characters and new story, though a film is set in a universe they combined and contains some of a large events from a books.”

They shot a film about a year and half ago  in Savannah, Georgia, with Amber Frank from Nickelodeon’s “The Haunted Hathaways,” Dylan Sprayberry from “Teen Wolf” and Mason Dye from “Finding Carter.”

Wednesday’s eventuality will include a filmed follow-up question-and-answer event with a stars and filmmakers. The film afterwards will be expelled by digital platforms and stores.

Depending on a success of a project, a 3 Moorpark residents wish there will be sequels.

“The devise is to make more,” Dave Johnson said.

So far, he added, a feedback has been good.

“We’ve listened a lot from teens, tweens and adults that it creates them stop and consider how they are vital their life, about their place in a world,” he said.

“But,” Joan Johnson added, “it doesn’t preach. It’s only a small bit of a wake-up call.”

If we go

What: “Vanished/Left Behind: Next Generation”

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, one-night-only showing

Where: Four screens at Muvico 14 (Carmike), 166 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks; Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard

Cost: $10.50 to $12.50.


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