The success of faith-based films in recent years has led to a resurgence in Christian movies being released on a grand scale.
In 2018, the film “I Can Only Imagine” based on the life of Christian singer Bart Millard brought in $17.1 million domestically during its opening weekend and over $83 million overall, surpassing expectations.
Several films in 2019 also featured religious themes, such as “Overcomer,” while other Hollywood films highlighted the faith of the characters and real-life individuals the actors portrayed. “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” “Harriet,” and “Dark Waters” were among those blockbuster mainstream releases.
2020 is looking to continue the trend. Here’s a list of five faith-based movies coming this new year.
1. “I Still Believe”
Award-winning Christian singer Jeremy Camp is gearing up for the release of a movie about his life that tells the inspiring story of love, loss and faith.
The biopic feature film “I Still Believe” chronicles the story of Camp’s first marriage to Melissa Lynn Henning-Camp who died of ovarian cancer in 2001, less than a year after they were wed.
Country singer Shania Twain plays the role of Camp’s mother opposite actor Gary Sinise who portrays Camp’s father. Actress Britt Robertson portrays Camp’s late wife, Melissa. The role of Camp is performed by New Zealander KJ Apa, who’s best known for his role in the hit TV series “Riverdale.”
The trailer highlights Camp’s journey to finding love, fame and his enduring faith in the midst of an unexpected tragedy. The clip kicks off with Apa as Camp performing at a Harvest Crusade where he stops and asks the audience to pray for healing over the “most special person” in his life, just a week after they discovered she had terminal cancer.
Named after Camp’s popular song of the same name, the movie is an Erwin Brothers production, the same producers behind the blockbuster hit “I Can Only Imagine.” Jon Erwin, Andrew Erwin and producing partner Kevin Downes are hoping to follow the commercial success of their first biopic made about the life of Christian musician Bart Millard, although they never initially intended to do another music film.
“I Still Believe” was produced under the Erwin brothers’ newly-formed studio Kingdom, in association with Lionsgate, and is scheduled for release on Feb. 20.
2. “I Am Patrick”
Actor John Rhys-Davies will make his return to faith-based entertainment as the lead in the upcoming movie about the life of Ireland’s patron saint, Patrick.
The inspiring docudrama, “I Am Patrick: The Patron Saint of Ireland,” will hit theaters on St. Patrick’s Day and aims to enlighten people on the little-known true story of St. Patrick. From CBN Documentaries and director Jarrod Anderson, the feature-length film features Rhys-Davies, known for his role in “The Lord of The Rings,” as the older Patrick. Sean T. O’Meallaigh (“Vikings”) and Robert McCormack also portray Patrick at different phases of his life.
“I Am Patrick” aims to illuminate centuries of legend and myth about the life and mission of St. Patrick. The film will feature historical re-enactments, expert interviews and writings from the saint himself which details his journey to sainthood.
“I Am Patrick” will be in theaters for two days only, March 17-18, by Fathom Events.
Visit FathomEvents.com for tickets, locations and showtimes.
King Street Pictures recently released the trailer for its upcoming faith-based fantasy adventure film, “Heavenquest: A Pilgrim’s Progress,” based on the iconic 1678 novel The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan.
The Pilgrim’s Progress, the first novel written in English, has been translated into over 200 languages and has never been out of print. Now, the beloved Christian allegory will be recreated as a film in “Heavenquest.”
Filmed on a micro-budget, 1/500th of a typical studio film, “Heavenquest” was filmed without a full script and with only a tiny crew.
“Over the last decade of making my genre busting documentaries, Matt Bilen has been by my side pretty much every step of the way. It was really no surprise to me then that he would attempt something as outlandish as ‘Heavenquest’ for his first feature,” Executive Producer Darren Wilson said in a statement to The Christian Post.
“For this film, he not only had a smaller budget to work with than most of my documentaries, but he broke nearly every rule for first time filmmakers: don’t shoot at night, don’t shoot in many hard to reach locations, don’t shoot without a script, don’t make a fantasy film that requires special effects … the list goes on and on.
“But I think what people will see when they watch this movie is something that comes from a place of true passion. The people who break artistic rules are typically the ones who are forced by their own ideas to birth something unique to the world. Matt’s definitely done that with this movie.”
“Heavenquest” brought together an international cast of well-known actors. The cast includes one of South Korea’s most successful stars, In-Pyo Cha, as well as Karyme Lozano and Fernanda Romero from Mexico, Peta Sergeant from Australia, Ricky Kim from South Korea and well-known American Christian actor Alan Powell as one of the leads in the film.
Visit heavenquestfilm for information about its release date and locations in 2020.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law