Alex Kendrick, the director of faith-based movies such as Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and the recently released Overcomer, announced that he and his brothers will start filming their new project in 2020. Although the project is currently in development, it’s still in the early stages.
During an interview with Christian Headlines, Alex Kendrick mentioned that their new film will be based on a true story but didn’t want to reveal anything too soon.
“We’re planning to shoot this coming summer, and it’s based on a true story,” Kendrick said. “We’re really excited about that because it’s such an inspirational story. And so beyond that, I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag.”
Although the brothers plan on being the executive producers for their next film, they also want to begin preparing young filmmakers to develop their talents.
“…We’re also using this next one to give some of these young Christian filmmakers that are so talented—and we’re trying to help mentor them. They will have a larger part in the next one.”
But rest assured, this doesn’t mean the brothers are packing up their cameras anytime soon. “We will continue making movies ourselves, but at the same time, we’ve got to start passing the torch,” Alex said, “and investing in other filmmakers [who will] continue doing this for decades down the road. We are finding some talented, sold-out young filmmakers.”
The three brothers from Cobb County, Georgia just recently released their sixth film, Overcomer which grossed $34 million at the box office. Their previous two films, War Room and Courageous made over $73 million and $35 million respectively on shoestring budgets around $3 million.
The brothers—Alex (49), Stephen, (46) and Shannon (52)—begin making films for Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany as part of a movie ministry. In 2002, Alex brought an idea to senior pastor Michael Catt to create a full-length movie that could be used to reach out to the surrounding community.
Although Pastor Catt greenlit the project, the church didn’t have the $20,000 required to produce the film. However, that didn’t stop the believers of Sherwood Baptist Church as several members gladly contributed funds to make the project become a reality. The following year, Flywheel was released grossing $37,000.
Overcomer releases digitally November 26, and on Blu-ray and DVD December 17 just in time for the Christmas holiday.