In case you haven’t been paying attention, there’s money to be made with so-called faith-based projects (for film and TV), as more and more stars take on material that targets that specific audience. With the box office success of recent films like "Heaven Is for Real," and TV ratings hits like “The Bible Series,” “Son of God,” and “AD,” it’s probably a very good time for filmmakers/content creators with "faith-based" projects primed for the big or small screen. Hence, more and more similar releases should be expected… like this new one, which Queen Latifah has signed on to star in, opposite Jennifer Garner.
The Sony Pictures project is titled "Miracles From Heaven," and is based on Christy Beam’s book of the same name that tells the story of her daughter’s miraculous recovery from what was diagnosed to be an incurable, potentially fatal ailment.
Randy Brown will adapt the novel, which will star Garner as Christy Beam, and Latifah as a Boston waitress, who, according to The Hollywood Reporter, will serve as "something of an earthly angel who befriends the sick girl and Beam during their visits to Boston Children’s Hospital," and who, in addition, "steps up to provide comfort and a helping hand when they need it most, as her life ends up transformed by her interaction with the family."
T.D. Jakes, DeVon Franklin and Joe Roth will produce (they were the team behind Sony’s "Heaven Is for Real" which grossed over $100 million worldwide, becoming one of the highest-grossing faith-based hits of all time).
"Miracles From Heaven" is set for release on March 18, 2016.
Just last week, Sony Pictures announced that, on August 28th of this year, it will release another faith-based drama titled "War Room," which explores the power that prayer can have on marriages, parenting, careers, friendships, and every other area of our lives.
That film features New York Times best-selling author and Bible teacher Priscilla Shirer in her film debut. The cast also includes director Alex Kendrick, T.C. Stallings, and comedian Michael Jr. Newcomers Karen Abercrombie as Miss Clara, and Alena Pitts as Danielle, as well as a cameo by renowned speaker Beth Moore in her first acting role, round out the cast.
“War Room is the ideal addition to our August slate, following in the footsteps of last year’s hit, ‘Heaven is For Real,’ which had a $12 million budget and grossed more than $100 million,” said Rory Bruer, President, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures. “We are pleased to be distributing the Kendrick Brothers’ next film, which will be the perfect programming for families seeking a wholesome and inspiring summer movie.”