|‘Duck Dynasty’ stars to appear in Newsboys-inspired movie|
|Written by Jeremy Burns|
|Wednesday, 11 December 2013 03:15 PM EST|
Duck Dynasty stars Willie and Korie Robertson will be featured in God’s Not Dead, an upcoming movie from Pure Flix Entertainment. Pure Flix will release the film on more than 600 screens nationally March 21.
“The trailer has been viewed by 4.8 million people and we've generated 230,000 fans on Facebook—about 10 times the social media numbers for other films in this genre at this point before release,” said Russell Wolfe, CEO of Pure Flix Entertainment. “With over 1,100 requests from churches for group tickets, we attribute this interest to the film’s topic as well as our outstanding cast, which includes Willie and Korie Robertson of Duck Dynasty.”
The buzz around the film is also spurring renewed interest in related retail products.
The film's title was inspired by award-winning recording artist Newsboys' song “God’s Not Dead,” from the album of the same name (Inpop/Capitol Christian Distribution). Though it was released nearly two years ago, the title track has surged once again and recently hit No. 3 on the iTunes Christian music chart. The song is featured in the movie, and the band makes an appearance in the film.
Rice Broocks, pastor of Bethel World Outreach in Brentwood, Tenn., and co-founder of Every Nation, a worldwide association of churches, is the author of God's Not Dead (Thomas Nelson), which recently also enjoyed a resurgence of popularity on Amazon.com. Broocks believes the film may spark a movement.
“God’s Not Dead is a rallying cry for churches to equip and encourage believers to reach non-believers with the Gospel,” he said. “It provides reasons to believe and confidence to take a stand for Christ in an increasingly secular society.”