|'Jerusalem Countdown' to premiere in theaters|
|Written by Eric Tiansay|
|Friday, 26 August 2011 03:06 PM America/New_York|
Adapted from the best-selling book by John Hagee (FrontLine/Charisma House), Jerusalem Countdown opens today in limited release in theaters across the country.
Produced by Christian film company Pure Flix Entertainment, the prophecy thriller "highlights the reality of an inevitable conflict between Israel and Islam," according to promotional materials for the movie.
The movie follows FBI agent Shane Daughtry (David A.R White), who must find smuggled nuclear weapons in the United States before they are detonated. The only people who can help him are a washed-up arms dealer (Lee Majors), retired agent (Stacy Keach) and by-the-book CIA deputy director played by country music star Randy Travis. The film also stars Christian singer Jaci Velasquez.
Jerusalem Countdown is rolling out on about 50 screens this weekend, though a grass-roots campaign to have it shown in more theaters, similar to that for hit movie Fireproof. Pure Flix CEO and Managing Partner Russell Wolfe told Christian Retailing that the company is offering churches the opportunity to host a Jerusalem Countdown outreach event, so audiences can "witness prophecy unfolding with what is transpiring in the Middle East."
Since Hagee's book was released in 2006, more than a million copies of the English version of Jerusalem Countdown have been sold, plus nearly 40,000 copies of the Spanish version, said Charisma House officials, noting that there are no plans currently to cross-promote the book with the movie.