2014 is coming to a close. It was suppose to be the year that the Bible would rule the movie screens. It was dubbed “The Year of the Bible.” I for one was excited, but unfortunately it didn’t pan out that way. It seemed ok at first, independent Christian films did better in the boxoffice then they have ever done before. Son of God and God’s Not Dead both grossed more than any other Christian film, if you don’t count The Passion of the Christ since that had Mel Gibson doing the pushing behind that, both had final numbers around $60 Million, not bad. It was surly a greater feat for God’s Not Dead which was made for only $2 Million dollars. Then came Heaven is For Real, just when you thought Christian movies couldn’t be topped this year, it goes and grosses over $91 Million! What did these films have in common? They were all made by people who believed in the message and theme of the movie. Next came Hollywood’s attempt to make some money in this bracket. Noah was certainly not a flop grossing a total of $362 Million worldwide. Only $101 Million in the US which was disappointing to the studio, but money is money and they don’t care where it comes from. Exodus, on the other hand is most certainly a flop, this big budget, big studio movie looks like it will have trouble topping God’s Not Dead and even if it does, it will register a significant financial loss for Fox. With the way the Year of the Bible ended one might wonder if 2015 will see any Biblical or Christian entertainment. Well, the answer is, yes! Below I will list what Bible or faith based entertainment we have to look forward to in 2015!
March 31, 2015 – Dovekeepers – This is a miniseries based on a book which is being produced by Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey, the producers of The Bible miniseries.
April 5, 2015 – A.D. : Beyond the Bible – Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are going to have a busy year in 2015 as they will bring the events after the death of Jesus to life in another 12 hour miniseries. That’s not the last time we will see them on this list.
Films About Faith
March 20, 2015 – Do You Believe? – From the independent studio and the writers that brought you God’s Not Dead and the director who brought you nothing… because this is his first time directing. Pure Flix tries to recapture the success they had in God’s Not Dead.
February 27, 2015 – Little Boy – Also from producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, this is a film I am very excited for. If you have not seen the trailer, look it up! This movie looks well done and it has Kevin James in it! From what I can tell the film is going to focus on faith in general rather than focus on Christianity but it does look like the faith is set in a Christian context.
April 2015 – Mary – This is being called the official prequel to The Passion of the Christ. It was titled Mary: Mother of Christ but has since simplified its name. One of the producers listed on the film is Joel Osteen and regardless of how you feel about him it does say that someone connected to the film believes in it. I do not have near as high of hopes for this film as I did for The Passion of the Christ because few directors can match Mel Gibson’s eye and talent.
2015 – Clavius – This film does not have a specific release date and is not as far along as one might hope for an Easter release date but I still have hope. This film was at one point called Resurrection. It is about a Roman investigation into the disappearance of the Body of a religious leader, Jesus. I think the premise sounds good and I can tell you that if you are concerned about how they will portray it I can tell you that it would not benefit them or even make for a good story if it ends with “Oh yeah, he really didn’t come back from the dead” so I am confident this movie will at least be tolerable in it’s portrayal of Jesus. Another reason I am excited for this film, it is being directed by Kevin Reynolds, the director of my current favorite movie of all time The Count of Monte Cristo.
There may be more that I do not know about, and I will make sure to update any readers I might have if I hear of other films but the faith based movies will continue and I hope that they continue upward. More movies are slated in 2016 and beyond, I will highlight those at another time. Grace and Peace to you from our Heavenly Father.