The rumors are true. Blue Like Jazz….the MOVIE! And Miller fans are meeting it with excitement and hesitant optimism. Here’s the breakdown.

-Donald Miller = great writer (a fact often lost in the hype), but trendy, and maybe a little passé
-Trendy = bad (cool without the originality)
-Passé = really bad (cool without the cool) unless its so uncool that its cool (important distinction)
-Films adapted from Christian Books = Consistently the worst form of art in history
-Steve Taylor as director = awesome
-The chance for one of Christendom’s best to be taken seriously among the secular film community = overrated, but so satisfying.

No release date yet, and from what I can tell not even an official start date for FILMING. But if I know Don’s ability to avoid cheese and schmaltz, it could be the beginning of an important inroads to some sort of credible, spiritually challenging, art-based, voice within the indie film community.

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0 Responses to ‘Blue Like Jazz’ The Movie

  1. Timothy says:

    this was announced a long time ago, btw.

  2. Jordan says:

    Yeah I heard the rumors like a year ago, but the video update is brand new, and I haven’t run across nearly any press about it.

  3. scott orr says:

    i saw Jason hildebrand do a live solo performance of the book a year ago. it was great.
    watch the trailer here;

    also, check out donald miller in this video.

    is this the same guy?

    did this guy lose a million pounds?

  4. Jordan says:

    I bet he lost 100. Or at least 75. Did you see his prayer at the DNC? He was so skinny. I think he biked across the country. That’ll do it.

  5. John Wofford says:

    I have high hopes for this film. Even if Donald Miller has lost XXXXXX number of pounds and Steve Taylor looks like the lovechild of Ichabod Crane and Mick Jagger. Just saying.

  6. Mark P says:

    Oh boy. I’m nervous; my cynical side says “uh oh” but my hopeful side is with Jordan. I really like Don Miller’s writing, though the whole “relationship-not-religion” thing is losing its luster.

  7. Jordan says:

    For the record I don’t think its Don’s fault at all, if he happens to be trendy. Stuff like that just happens. His popularity was necessary and sort of inevitable, and he came along at just the right time.

  8. David says:

    I will suspend judgment until we see the thing, but yeah, I can see this being the Science of Sleep of Christian film.

  9. scott orr says:

    i hope it’s produced by Worldwide Christian Films or whatever Billy Graham’s studio is called. Or maybe Focus on the Family will do it and call it, “Blue Like Christian Adult Contemporary”

  10. Tim says:

    There was a time when Steve Taylor directing would have given me hope…then he made a movie with Michael W. Smith as the lead actor. I have about as much chance of seeing this as I did of Second Chance, Fireproof, or any other Christian movie.

  11. Mark P says:

    I’m not blaming Don Miller for the trendiness — though the next time I hear a youth leader drop that line I might convert to Roman Catholicism.

    I do blame him for the concept’s untruth… and even more, for its inherent pandering cheesiness.

    I do think Blue Like Jazz is a good book, Searching for God Knows What can be a valuable book, and To Own a Dragon has a great deal of value.

  12. Jordan says:

    Second Chance was a good film. Like, actually. Michael W Smith isn’t the next Tom Hanks, but he wasn’t bad. It was as un-cheesy as the story of rich/poor church relations could be, and it was kind of moving.

  13. Justin says:

    Tim, did you see the movie? MWS was serviceable, but since he was cast as a whiny worship leader, it worked better than it should. Jeff Obafemi Carr, on the other hand, was quite good and both were rather thought-out characters.

  14. Aaron says:

    YES. I guess I haven’t been paying attention – this is the first I’ve heard of this. Jazz is one of my favorite books. I’m staying optimistic.

  15. Billy without Access says:

    They should make the Bible into a movie.

  16. Steve Taylor says:

    -Yes, I do look like Ichabod Jagger, which is why I probably won’t make a cameo.

    – Yes, “The Second Chance” is better than you thought it would be, but you’re going to be shocked, SHOCKED at how good “Blue Like Jazz” is gonna be.

    – Yes, we were set to shoot last August (on Reed College campus, no less) ‘til our funding fell through. We’re scrambling to get it together so we can be back at Reed next Spring.

    – And yes, the only reason Don Miller looks bigger here is because a) Television adds 30 pounds; and b) I weigh 97 pounds.

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