Netflix has “acquired global rights” to the faith-based film A Week Away, co-written by Christian singer and actor Alan Powell. The highly-anticipated film will feature modern renditions of popular contemporary Christian music (CCM) hits.
Co-writers Kali Bailey and Alan Powell tell the story of troubled teen Will Hawkins who has a run-in with the law. The incident “puts him at an important crossroad: go to juvenile detention or attend a Christian summer camp.” During his journey, Will “opens his heart” and “discovers love… and [a] sense of belonging…”
The film features stars Sherri Shepherd, David Koechner, and Bailee Madison, who is also the film’s associate producer. Newcomers Jahbril Cook, Kat Conner Sterling, and Iain Tucker also get a taste of the limelight.
A Week Away features several modern renditions of classic CCM hits. Michael W. Smith’s “Place in This World,” Amy Grant’s “Baby, Baby” and Steven Curtis Chapman’s “The Great Adventure” are all reimagined.
Additionally, Chapman’s “Dive,” Audio Adrenaline’s “Big House” and a mash-up of Rich Mullins’ “Awesome God” and for King & Country’s “God Only Knows,” are also featured.
The faith-based musical also includes three original songs written by Adam Watts (High School Musical 3, Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert). “Adam Watts wrote the new songs and is doing all the new versions of the classic songs. He really reinvented them. It’s amazing,” Co-producer Gabe Vasquez said.
In a statement released by Netflix, Powell elaborated on the importance of the film and its partnership with the media streaming giant.
“We made a film designed to entertain while exploring universal themes of family, friendship, and acceptance. There is no better time than right now, and no better partner on the planet than Netflix, to help share that message.”
Co-producer Steve Barnett echoed Powell’s sentiments saying, “We are grateful for the hard work by everyone involved in A Week Away. We are very proud of the film we made together. We couldn’t be more excited that the film will have the opportunity to put a smile on millions of faces.”
On Thursday, Powell took to Instagram to announce the exciting news.
The news it out! Honestly, I couldn’t be more excited or more grateful to be able to share this with you guys. Such a long journey but such a fun one. Can’t wait for you to see it and now thanks to @netflix support… it’s headed your way!”