Christian Retailing

NEWSLETTERS Current Issue 'Fireproof' follow-up about fatherhood
'Fireproof' follow-up about fatherhood PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 November 2009 03:14 PM EST
The makers of the surprise hit Fireproof (Provident Films/Provident-Integrity Distribution) will produce a film about fatherhood as their follow-up to the top independent movie release of 2008.

Officials for Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga.--where Fireproof and their earlier films were created--made the announcement during last night's church service, which drew Christian media members who were flown in for the event.

"The title is one word: Courageous," said Fireproof Director Alex Kendrick, who will also direct the new film. "(It's about) four fathers who are all in law enforcement--who protect and serve together--(and) go through a terrible tragedy. They begin looking at their role as fathers ... and they begin challenging one another to fulfill God's intention for fathers."

The film will show the benefits and consequences of the choices the fathers make. "Courageous will include drama, action and humor, but we will maintain our standard of keeping all dialogue honoring to God," Kendrick told Christian Retailing.

Fireproof Producer Stephen Kendrick, who will also co-write and produce Courageous with his brother, said: "We believe God is calling us as a church family and through movies to call men to rise up to spiritual leadership in their homes."

Filming is scheduled to begin in spring 2010 in Albany, Ga., with a tentative theatrical release date of early 2011. Courageous will be marketed by Provident Films and Affirm Films, the faith label of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Boosted by grass-roots support and bulk ticket purchases from churchgoers as well as some Christian retailers, Fireproof made $33.3 million at the box office, despite a modest $500,000 budget. The movie, which stars Kirk Cameron as a firefighter who turns to God to save his marriage, has been a top-selling DVD at Christian retail since it was released Jan. 27.

Meanwhile, Stephen and Alex Kendrick's The Love Dare (B&H Books/B&H Publishing Group)--an integral part of Fireproof--still appears on the New York Times best-seller list a year after its release. It has sold more than 3 million copies and is available in 22 languages.

Alex Kendrick said that God has given them an idea for a book companion for Courageous, much like The Love Dare for Fireproof. "But the horse has to stay before the cart," he said. "So we're going in the direction of the movie first."

The budget for Courageous has not yet been determined, although Alex Kendrick said earlier this year at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention that the film would have an expected budget of $2.5 million--five times larger than with Fireproof.

Click here for more information on Courageous.

 
Read the Vacation Bible School 2014 guide

In this current issue:

Former Gospel Light President Bill Greig launches new Churchgrowth.org company

News image

Former Gospel Light President Bill Greig III and his wife,...

READ MORE

Bobby Bowden, Darrell Waltrip to appear at LifeWay's The Main Event

News image

LifeWay’s Conference for Men known as “The Main Event” will...

READ MORE

Novelist Wanda Brunstetter to visit Pennsylvania stores

News image

New York Times best-selling author Wanda E. Brunstetter will visit Pennsylvania...

READ MORE

Publicists: Inform retailers of your fall releases

News image

Christian Retailing magazine is requesting product information on October and...

READ MORE

About a Mile garners 2014’s highest-selling debut from new artist

News image

Adam, Luke and Levi Klutinoty—three brothers collectively known as About...

READ MORE

Box-office hit ‘Heaven Is for Real’ now in Christian retail stores

News image

Heaven Is for Real landed on Christian retail-store shelves July...

READ MORE

Trevin Wax named to CT’s millennial influencer list

News image

B&H Publishing Group author Trevin Wax was named to Christianity...

READ MORE

Barbour Publishing signs contract with Josh McDowell

News image

Barbour Publishing has announced it has signed a contract with...

READ MORE

NRF expects stronger second half of retail year

News image

The National Retail Federation on Wednesday lowered its retail sales...

READ MORE

Shoppers say back-to-school shopping is best in-store

News image

Students soon will be headed back to school (BTS), and...

READ MORE

Serial robber hits Family Christian’s Fresno store

News image

Police in Fresno, California, are looking for a man allegedly...

READ MORE

Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited subscription service

News image

Amazon.com introduced on July 18 Kindle Unlimited—a new subscription service...

READ MORE
100%
-
+
0
Show options

a