After the incredible success of "God's Not Dead," Faith-based film studio Pure Flix Entertainment is making plans to create a follow-up. Pure Flix CEO and managing partner Michael Scott said his studio has a number of projects in the works for next year including "God's Not Dead 2."
"We've got a full slate next year. You'll see 'Do You Believe?' which is coming in the spring ... we're looking at late March for the release [and] next year possibly either fall or the following year you'll see 'God's Not Dead 2,'" Scott said.
"God's Not Dead" took the world by surprise following its March release. Despite the film's small $2 million budget, Scott said it earned $9.2 million in its first week in theaters, finishing fifth in the U.S. box office. The film earned another $8.5 to $9 million the following week, holding on to its fifth place spot and eventually jumping to fourth in U.S. box offices.
Scott said making "God's Not Dead" was an "incredible journey." Even before the movie came out in theaters, he said the trailer "exploded onto the web" with millions of views. "We became the Number 1 page (on) Facebook in the world during the week of the trailer's release," said Scott. The movie's popularity was also bolstered by the hit song by Christian contemporary music group the Newsboys.
The story revolves around a college freshman by the name of Josh Wheaton (played by Shane Harper) who enrolls in a philosophy class taught by an infamous dictatorial Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo). In order for each student to pass the class, they have to sign the declaration that "God's Dead." Josh refuses and he goes all the way to defend his faith. However, with his grades, reputation and his relation to other students at stake, Josh engages in a series of debates with the professor.
The reasons why this movie is mandatory viewing for every Christian is twofold: first, this movie will give affirmation to many of our young adults that it's not uncool to take a stand for Jesus. Just because Christians are in the minority, it doesn't mean it's plebeian; something to be sneered at. Second, Christianity is not a clutch for the unthinking. The Christian faith in fact invites scrutiny; it can be examined, questioned and tried. And like it will still come out strong, reliable and trustworthy. These are two themes run right through the movie.