Hollywood take note, another faith-based film by the Kendrick brothers is coming soon.
This is the fifth film by associate pastors of Sherwood Baptist Church, Alex and Stephen Kendrick. The creators of “Fireproof” “Facing the Giants” and “Contagious” have another faith-based movie in production. Provident Films and AFFIRM Films partnered with the brothers. Pre-production began in 2013 and filming wrapped up in Charlotte, NC this past week.
Seems that numerous faith films have come to the big screens lately. The History Channel’s “Son of God” miniseries was released as a film in theaters earlier this year by husband and wife filmmakers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.
Then the big screen brought the story of “Noah” starring Russell Crowe to theaters in March, which has made over $359 million at the global box office.
Perhaps big filmmakers in Hollywood are beginning to take notice. In April of this year, there were four faith-based movies in the Top 20 at the box office. Could moviegoers be looking for something more? Outside of the biblical epics and other Christian themed movie experience, there were many interested in Heaven.
Moviegoers went to theaters to see the “Heaven is for Real” Sony Pictures film, which has grossed more than $99 million. According to Variety magazine the film which is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD, debuted at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
Talking about their new film, Director and Co-Writer Alex Kendrick said, “We made this film to inspire, challenge and motivate families to fight the right kind of battles and to fight them the best way possible. We have plans for everything—careers, finances, health. But what about a strategy for prayer for our lives, our spouses and our children?”
A family-friendly drama, their upcoming movie is about learning to fight the right kinds of battles. Filled with humor, wit and heart, it follows Tony and Elizabeth Jordan, a middle-class couple, and their daughter, Danielle, as they struggle through personal, marital and spiritual issues. Their lives are forever changed after Elizabeth meets an elderly widow who helps her develop a secret prayer room in her home.
This film’s focus on prayer is something many Americans have continued to do on a daily basis. Prayer is a significant part of many believers and for those viewers who loved the “Courageous” story about fatherhood they will soon be delighted to watch another film by these same filmmakers.
Known only as Movie 5, the film is yet to be titled. It is expected to be released in 2015.
If more of these type of faith-based films are on the horizon, could this be a new launch pad for Hollywood filmmakers? Could this encourage people to take a leap of faith? Perhaps these blockbusters bring the Bible in living color to the people who would never have read it. If faith-based movies are bringing in grossing profits, seems that moviegoers are interested.