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    March 6th, 2012 @ 3:35 pm by Kevin

    As I’ve noted on this blog and elsewhere, the genesis of Hellbound? was my experience editing Her Gates Will Never Be Shut: Hope, Hell and the New Jerusalem by Brad Jersak. That was back in the fall of 2008 when the world was on the brink of economic disaster. What better time to work on a book that pondered the possibility of hope beyond hell?

    But as I was culling some books from the shelves in my office, I stumbled across something that made me realize the title for the film had actually occurred to me about two years earlier. Take a look.

    After reading this article, I had an idea for a short film where I would go to a public location, such as a mall, and ask people to rate the possibility of them going to hell. If they thought their chances were pretty low, I would get them to point out someone walking by whose chances were probably higher. Then I would  interview that person, and perhaps turn the tables and ask them how likely they thought the person who pointed them out was going to hell, and so on. I thought it might lead to some fireworks and a few laughs.

    I never did get around to making that film (although it probably would have made for a great sequence in Hellbound?). But the title stuck around until it finally found a home two years later.

    People often wonder where writers get their ideas. Sometimes writers wonder the same thing. This is one of those rare moments when I can pin a precise date to the origin of an idea, so I thought I should note it for posterity.



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  1. Can not wait to see this movie!

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