2018 is set to be one of the biggest years in faith-based cinema. There’s a large number of Christian movies set to be released in the near future. Ironically, most of them are being released within a couple weeks of each other! Here are the top 7 faith-based movies coming this year!
HeavenQuest: A Pilgrim’s Progress
Coming late 2018, this movie is a prequel to the beloved book by John Bunyan. There have been a number of attempts to bring Pilgrim’s Progress to life on the silver screen. Most notably, director Danny Carrales created the 2008 adventure film Pilgrim’s Progress: Journey to Heaven. However, this new movie is unlike anything previously seen. Starring Alan Powell (of Anthem Lights fame) among others, HeavenQuest is an “action-packed and gritty” fantasy for the whole family.
Release date: unknown
The timeless biblical narrative is a story of hope, betrayal, and redemption. It’s a wonder nobody has made a movie about Samson in the past 10 years, except these guys. Recently, Pure Flix decided to make their own movie about Samson, filmed in South Africa. With a decent budget, it looks like this action movie will deliver. Pure Flix’s earlier attempts at creating biblical epics were more or less epic failures (check out their Esther movie). However, there’s still hope! The official trailer is expected to be released soon.
Release date: February 16, 2018
It’s hard to tell what this movie is going to be about. Directed by Garth Davis (LION) and starring Rooney Mara as Mary Magdalene, this movie is a mostly-fictional telling of the relationship Mary Magdalene had with Jesus. The cinematography looks beautiful and the sets are stunning. However, it’s quite possible Universal Pictures’ new project will be controversial. Only time will tell.
Release date: March 30, 2018
Paul: Apostle of Christ
From Affirm Films comes another movie based on the Bible! This apparent follow-up to 2016’s Risen, Paul: Apostle of Christ tells the story of Paul in his last days. The movie starrs James Faulkner as Luke and Jim Caviezel as Luke. The teaser trailer doesn’t reveal much, but the studio recently released a video with behind-the-scenes interviews. It seems this new Christian movie has heart and sincerity!
Release date: March 28, 2018
God’s Not Dead 3
The first God’s Not Dead film was a smash hit. It was a unique film with riveting story-telling. The second installment was succesful, though not as the first was. In 2018, Pure Flix is hoping to make another hit with God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness. Are audiences really asking for a third God’s Not Dead film? We’ll see! This time the movie centers on David A.R. White’s character (Pastor Dave) as he deals with conflicts with the local college after his church is burned down.
Release date: March 30
Unbroken: Path To Redemption
While Pure Flix is trying to bring in new talent, they’ve recruited veteran director Harold Cronk to direct a sequel to Angelina Jolie’s 2014 blockbuster Unbroken. This movie will give audiences a glimpse of Louis Zamperini’s life after the war, as well as his journey to faith in Christ. The movie will feature an all-new cast, and will be released late 2018. This is Pure Flix’s first real forray into historical drama. Meanwhile, whatever happened to Harold Cronk’s other project?
Release date: unknown
I Can Only Imagine
The Erwin Brothers have already created some of the best Christian movies out there, including October Baby, Mom’s Night Out, and Woodlawn. In 2018 they’re releasing their latest project, I Can Only Imagine. The new movie follows the young Bart Millard (from the band MercyMe) as he struggles to reach success as a musical artist while being haunted by his past. Essentially, the film is the story behind the song. The movie is set in what some call the “golden age” of contemporary Christian music.
Release date: March 16, 2018
Of all these movies, which ones are you excited about seeing the most? Please let us know in the comments below!