Angel Studies, the streaming platform behind the hit Christian series The Chosen, is gearing up to release a film surrounding the story of Abraham, including the moment when God asked him to sacrifice his son, Isaac.
The movie, titled His Only Son, has become the first-ever film to crowdfund for a theatrical release across the nation.
"[C]rowdfunding for His Only Son reached capacity in 100 hours – we are responding to the demand from the audience by at least tripling the theater count nationwide and throwing our most valuable marketing resources behind the film. The Angel Guild, made up of Angel investors from every show, have rated this film with one of the highest scores we have ever received in our system," Neal Harmon, the CEO and co-founder of Angel Studios, told Fox News.
In the Old Testament, God calls Abraham to be the father of many nations (Genesis 12) and, at one point, tells him to sacrifice his son Isaac as a test of faith (Genesis 22).
"This feature film illustrates that striking account, following Abraham, his son, and their two servants as they journey for three days to the place of the offering. Along the way, the men encounter dangers and trials as Abraham silently relives memories spanning the decades he and his wife, Sarah, longed for the son God had promised… the son he must now lay upon the altar," a description of the film on the Angel Studio's website notes.
As reported by CBN News, His Only Son is being described as "The Chosen meets The Passion" by studio investors. David Helling, who directed the film, and a US Marine Corps veteran, said the movie took about five years to make. Helling first came to faith in Christ while serving in Iraq. Since then, he has wanted to put Biblical stories on the big screen.
His Only Son is scheduled to be released in theaters nationwide on March 31. The film stars Nicolas Mouawad, a Lebanese film and TV actor, as Abraham, Sarah Seyed of the Netflix show Original Young Wallander as Abraham's wife Sarah, and Edaan Moskowitz as Isaac.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributing writer for Christian Headlines and the host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast devoted to sound doctrine and biblical truth. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.