What’s Next After GOD’S NOT DEAD?
If you received a text message this past spring which consisted of the simple, yet powerful words, “God’s not dead,” it’s probably because the sender was one of the millions of people who watched and was touched by the movie whose message and title proclaimed that life-changing truth.
GOD’S NOT DEAD earned $62 million in revenue worldwide, startling Hollywood and further proving once again that faith-based movies – even those produced outside of the Hollywood Entertainment Industry – strike a resounding chord with audiences.
PureFlix, the company that made GOD’S NOT DEAD, recently announced its follow-up project, DO YOU BELIEVE?, which begins shooting next month.
Mark Borde, co-president of Freestyle Releasing, the company that released the movie on behalf of the producers, isn’t at all surprised by GOD’S NOT DEAD’s success.
“While this huge opening may be a surprise to the industry, it is not so much to us,” he told the Wrap. “The in-house tracking, the legitimate one million Facebook fans, the very high trending on Twitter and Fandango among many other platforms, and the huge positive reaction from the hundreds of screenings over the many past months, gave us hope for a significant opening.”
Today, the GOD’S NOT DEAD Facebook fan page has more than four million “likes” while the movie’s Twitter account, @GodsNotDeadFilm, boasts over 28 thousand followers. At the time of this writing, the Facebook page posted just three hours ago about the movie’s DVD release, and one of the 11,798 “likers” commented with this marvelous piece of praise:
“I just finished watching it, and I ended up re-dedicating my life to the Lord! This movie is powerful.”
Clearly, the social media activity surrounding the movie and its intrinsic evangelistic mission helps to solidify the notion that people are hungry for and excited about the hope-restoring, faith-building, God-honoring themes movies like GOD’S NOT DEAD portray. Five months after the movie’s theatrical release, its momentum shows no sign of decreasing; eager fans around the world are wondering, “What’s next?”
One of the movie stars and co-producers, David A.R. White, told TheBlaze recently that the movie’s production company, Pure Flix, is preparing to produce its next project, DO YOU BELIEVE?, which will have a completely different cast and crew from GOD’S NOT DEAD.
White said the movie “deals with the power of the cross and the relevancy of the cross in today’s society. ‘GOD’S NOT DEAD’ really dealt with, ‘Is there a God?’ The next step – as Christians – we believe [God] is Jesus Christ.”
Regarding a GOD’S NOT DEAD sequel, White disclosed that Pure Flix is considering the possibility in response to fans’ positive feedback and curiosity concerning what happens next to the characters.
DO YOU BELIEVE? begins filming in September and is slated for a spring 2015 release.
MOVIEGUIDE® has been supporting the production of faith-based like GOD’S NOT DEAD and faith-friendly movies like FROZEN since 1985 when it opened its doors. Its Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry, released each February, shows Hollywood that such movies are the most popular and the most financially successful on average.
– Sources: The Blaze, 08/20/14, and The Wrap, 03/22/14.
Editor’s Note: Diana Anderson-Tyler is the author of “Creation House’s Fit for Faith: A Christian Woman’s Guide to Total Fitness and Perfect Fit: Weekly Wisdom and Workouts for Women of Faith and Fitness.” Her popular website can be found at dianaandersontyler.com, and she is the owner and a coach at CrossFit 925. Diana also can be reached on Twitter.