The rising popularity of faith-based films is looking to rebound after a less than stellar 2020 campaign. While movie theater attendance was at an all-time low due to unusual circumstances, the industry is moving forward–with Christian films perhaps leading the way.
Keep the following four Christian movies on your radar so you can responsibly flock to the theater and enjoy some wholesome faith-focused entertainment in 2021.
Christian actor Jim Caviezel is reprising his role as Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson’s sequel The Passion of the Christ: The Resurrection scheduled for release later this year.
The pair’s second film follows up the 2004 blockbuster sequel and aims to explore the three days between Jesus’ crucifixion and his resurrection. Gibson told “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert the movie might feature certain characters visiting other realms.
“It’s more than a single event, it’s an amazing event. And to underpin that with the things around it is really the story, to enlighten what that means,” Gibson said. “What happened in three days? I’m not sure, but it’s worth thinking about. Get your imagination going.”
The brothers behind the hit Christian film I Can Only Imagine recently announced another film of theirs coming this year titled, The Unbreakable Boy. The film is based on the true story of Austin LeRette, a boy with autism and a rare bone disease.
The movie is “told in the charmingly unpredictable voice” of a young boy, according to a casting announcement about the film.
The flick is further described as “a funny and inspiring true story of a young couple stumbling through parenthood, who find constant inspiration from the joy and optimism of their spectacularly unique son.”
Not only are the Kendrick brothers re-releasing their 2011 hit film Courageous with new scenes and a new surprise ending, they’re also releasing their seventh film later this fall.
While the brothers usually make original content, the idea behind their latest project, which started production in 2020, was brought to them from a friend.
Alex Kendrick said the unnamed film is “a true story [that] follows an adopted 18-year-old young boy that meets his biological parents for the first time.”
“His mother got off the abortion table. And she was laying there to have the procedure, and she felt like God was saying there’s still time, there’s still time,” Kendrick explained.
“She got up, she told the doctor to stop. She walked out, and her boyfriend was like, ‘What are you doing,’ and she gave the baby up for adoption. And, then 18 years later, she got to meet him,” he added.
John Bunyan’s bestselling classic Journey to Hell was turned into a full-length film and is scheduled for an April 2021 release. Staying true to the original content, the movie is about a man who travels to Hell and back and finds redemption along the way.
At the helm of the project will be faith-based director Tim Chey. He said his “hope and prayer, is this film scares people out of Hell, not scares the Hell out of people.” The movie will show that Hell is populated by real people such as Hitler and Nero, but that Jesus can save anyone.
“The film is very uplifting in the end,” Chey said. “We have a happy ending compared to Bunyan’s version. But we show Hell in all its darkness and hopefully will make people think of a literal biblical Hell.”