It was a banner year for Christian films in 2019, with films like Breakthrough and Overcomer breaking the Top 5 and ones like Unplanned sparking mainstream controversy.
2020 will likely be another big year for faith-based films. The Erwin Brothers will release their newest film. A series of powerful documentaries are scheduled for release. And comedian Chonda Pierce has a feature movie.
Here are eight Christian movies we’re anticipating in 2020:
1. Messiah (Jan. 1)
This Netflix original series is set in modern times and tells the story of a man who is gaining followers and worldwide attention by performing miracles. The trailer appears to tackle a provocative question – what would it look like if the Messiah walked on our planet today? – although we won’t know the plot details until the series drops on Netflix. A CIA officer investigates the man to determine if he is a “divine entity” or a “deceptive con artist,” according to the press release. Here’s the good news: Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, who made the well-done The Bible series and Ben Hur (2016), are executive producers.
2. Blind Eyes Opened (Jan. 23)
Six years in the making, Blind Eyes Opened is a feature-length documentary that explores and exposes sex trafficking by talking to law enforcement officials, experts and lawmakers – as well as those who have been victims of it. The film is billed as a “first-of-a-kind Christian documentary.” “Once you’ve learned how to recognize human trafficking, you begin to see it everywhere – it’s in every single community,” said executive producer Geoffrey Rogers. Blind Eyes Opened will be in theaters for one night only: Jan. 23.
3. Free Burma Rangers (Feb. 24-25)
It’s an inspiring documentary that tells the story of David and Karen Eubank, who moved to Burma (now Myanmar) in the 1990s to give much-needed medicine and food to the thousands of citizens fleeing the Burmese Army. Eventually, the Eubanks founded a multi-ethnic humanitarian service movement known as the Free Burma Rangers that travels to war-torn regions – including Iraq, Sudan and Syria – to assist those who are often forgotten. They dodge bullets wherever they go, and they do it all in the name of Christ. Free Burma Rangers was made in association with LifeWay Films and Deidox Films. It will be in theaters only two nights: Feb. 24-25.
4. I Still Believe (March 20)
It tells the true-life story of Christian musician Jeremy Camp, who fell in love and married the then-Melissa Lynn Henning, knowing she had ovarian cancer. Camp penned his famous song, I Still Believe, shortly after her death. It is the latest movie from the filmmaking tandem of Jon and Andy Erwin, who previously released I Can Only Imagine, Woodlawn and Mom’s Night Out. The film has top-shelf talent, with K.J. Apa starring as Jeremy Camp and Britt Robertson as Melissa. It is a faith-based romantic film with crossover appeal.
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SOURCE: Crosswalk, Michael Foust