- It might serve to stimulate investment from a growing class of Hollywood "Outsiders" in entertainment projects that have otherwise been figuratively "shot down" by Hollywood "Insiders."
- Rejected Hollywood film-makers might look to sources outside of Hollywood to finance pictures with rather size-able budgets, pictures that may not have earned a "green-light" from studio executives. Makers of smaller, more unconventional projects may do the same.
- You you may even have area-specific projects (a film set in the Southern U.S. financed by people in the Southern U.S.). When securing financing for a film from outside Hollywood, fund-raisers will point to -The Passion- and say "hey, look, we want to see this proposed film ourselves and we have good market research to show that there are probably millions of people just like us, therefore lets get some money and put this production together and get it distributed."
- It does not seem unreasonable to believe that film financiers could use a web site on the Internet to float a project idea to the public and recruit legions of small and large investors in the production. The benefits of doing so might include greatly distributing the risk of financing a film and promoting a film project well in advance of release (If you have invested 10k in a film, naturally you are going to tell 100 friends and family members and business people about your investment; as such, the film could open with a built-in market).
- As this type of entertainment investment becomes a reality for a greater number of people, new organizations will emerge to monitor this method of film financing. For example, just as you have analytical firms -- Forrester Research and others like it -- that monitor stocks for the investing public. You might see a new breed of entertainment analyst who monitors potential film/TV ideas and then perform due diligence regarding the parties floating the idea and regarding the security of the investment.
- Usedcarsalesman would also say that when new outside investors -- again, emboldened by the success of The Passion -- participate in the financing of films, you are going to see people put their money behind the projects that most reflect their own interests. Since the entertainment product (film, television) often reflects the predilections of its financiers, you are going to see a range of productions will likely encompass a broad, A-Z political spectrum.
So, it is somewhat ironic that the business success of The Passion of The Christ may not necessary unleash more religiously-themed productions. Instead its success may show viable, new ways to advance the creative "passions" of the typically more secular people who make film and television productions.