Moviegoers in need of faith-based content after going through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns will be pleased to know that new, uplifting movies will be coming to theaters this summer and fall.
Following the nationwide shutdowns of movie theaters in 2020, films that were on the big screen moved to streaming services that offered Christian and faith-themed content for audiences to watch at home. At the top of the year, the release of “Resurrection,” “The Girl Who Believes in Miracles,” “Roe v. Wade,” and “Walking With Herb” kept the momentum going.Here’s a list of five movies coming to theaters this summer, fall and up to Christmas.
‘Respect’ – Aug. 13
The upcoming biopic “Respect” will give viewers insight into the life of famous singer Aretha Franklin. Director Liesl Tommy says the film “begins with the church and ends with the church.”
The movie shows how Franklin’s Christian faith, informed by her upbringing in a devout Christian home, remained with her throughout her rocky journey to becoming the queen of soul.
Tommy, who’s making her directorial feature film debut with “Respect,” shows how Franklin’s deep faith amid life’s struggles was an attribute inherited from her father, who was a pastor during the civil rights era.
‘Show Me the Father’ – Sept. 10
The upcoming documentary “Show Me the Father” created by the Kendrick Brothers will be released on Sept. 10. The Sony Pictures’ Affirm Films flick will explore in detail the fatherhood of God.
“Everyone has a father story, but not everyone has learned how to redeem it for their own good and the good of others,” Stephen Kendrick said of the film. “Even though fatherlessness is directly connected to so much brokenness in today’s world, we wanted to go beyond traditional documentaries and show how God is the perfect Father and can amazingly provide the love and healing to anyone at any stage in life.”
‘Courageous’ – Oct. 15
Another movie coming from the award-winning brother duo, The Kendricks Brothers, is the release of their blockbuster film “Courageous” with new scenes and a new ending.
The fourth film ever released by Sherwood Pictures is scheduled to be re-released in theaters this fall. The brothers said viewers “will get to see what happens to many of the characters 10 years later. It’s a new ending with a few surprises!” “Courageous” was originally released in 2011 and grossed $35.2 million, over 17 times its $2 million budget. The studio re-release will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the film.
“In September 2011, ‘Courageous’ was estimated to open at the box office with $1.5 million and it ended the weekend the No. 1 new movie, with $9.4 million in the first frame,” Rich Peluso, executive vice president and head of Affirm Films, shared in a statement. “We are thrilled to bring this incredible story to theaters with new footage, as well as bring to the big screen the Kendrick Brothers’ first documentary.”
‘American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story’ – December release
Later this year, the Erwin Brothers will be releasing their film “American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story.”
The Kingdom Story Company and Lionsgate film will feature Oscar-winning actress Anna Paquin opposite actor Zachary Levi. The drama will tell the true story of Kurt Warner, who went from stocking shelves at a supermarket to becoming a Super Bowl-winning MVP.
Paquin will play the role of Brenda Warner, his wife. Levi (“Shazam,” “Chuck”) will star as the Hall of Famer Warner. The film reunites Levi with directors Jon and Andrew Erwin. The filmmakers and brothers recently worked with Levi for their faith-based movie “The Unbreakable Boy.”
‘Redeeming Love’ – Coming soon
Another film coming out this year is the adaptation of the bestselling novel Redeeming Love, though the release date has yet to be announced. Produced by Roma Downey (“The Bible”) and Cindy Bond (“I Can Only Imagine”), the filmmakers say they will remain true to the sensitive nature of the story.
Cast members featured in the film include Nina Dobrev (“The Vampire Diaries”), Eric Dane (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Logan Marshall Green (“Spider-man: Homecoming”). Redeeming Love, written by Francine Rivers, has remained on multiple fiction bestsellers’ lists for over 15 years, sold over 3 million copies, and has been published in more than 30 languages.
The writing is based on the Old Testament book Hosea and, like the novel, the film is set in the backdrop of the California Gold Rush of 1850.
“This book has literally changed countless lives, and this movie will change, I believe, even substantially more lives,” Bond, the producer, says in the first look trailer.