The director of the popular faith-based movies Overcomer and War Room says he and his brothers are scheduled to begin shooting their next film in 2020 – and that this time, their film will be based on a true story.
Director Alex Kendrick told Christian Headlines the yet-unnamed film is “in development right now,” although it is in the early stages.
Kendrick and his brother, Stephen, released their sixth movie, Overcomer, this year. It opened at No. 3, earned an A+ CinemaScore rating from moviegoers, and grossed $34.6 million. Overcomer releases on home digital platforms Nov. 26 and Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 17. Another brother, Shannon Kendrick, was a producer in the last two films.
Alex Kendrick said he isn’t certain if he will direct the new film or if he will pass that role to someone else. He has directed all six movies he and his brother have made.
“We know we're going to executive produce it,” Kendrick told Christian Headlines. “But we're also using this next one to give [an opportunity to] some of these young Christian filmmakers that are so talented – and we're trying to help mentor them. They will have a larger part in the next one.
“We will continue making movies ourselves, but at the same time, we’ve got to start passing the torch and investing in other filmmakers [who will] continue doing this for decades down the road. We are finding some talented, sold-out young filmmakers.”
Kendrick is one of only two directors to earn an A+ CinemaScore rating for three movies (Overcomer, War Room and Courageous). The other is Rob Reiner (The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally and A Few Good Men).
“We're planning to shoot this coming summer, and it's based on a true story,” Kendrick said of the new film. “We're really excited about that because it's such an inspirational story. And so beyond that, I don't want to let the cat out of the bag.”
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