The gripping apocalyptic adventure, “VANISHED | Left Behind: Next Generation,” comes to cinemas nationwide on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 7:00 p.m. local time. Inspired by the New York Times best-selling book series by authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, this highly-anticipated event will be presented as a special one-night exclusive engagement by EchoLight Studios in partnership with Fathom Events. In addition to the feature, audiences will get to experience a Q&A with cast/filmmakers hosted by prominent national speakers and youth leaders Doug Fields and his Co-Founder of Download Youth Ministry, Josh Griffin.
“’Vanished | Left Behind: Next Generation’ is a fresh, new YA genre feature that is already being embraced by young and old alike,” says Jeff Sheets, president of EchoLight Studios. “The journey that unfolds will captivate, entertain and challenge audiences.”
“VANISHED | Left Behind: Next Generation” stars Amber Frank (Nickelodeon’s “Haunted Hathaways”), Dylan Sprayberry (MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” “Man of Steel”) and Mason Dye (MTV’s “Finding Carter,” Lifetime TV’s “Flowers in the Attic”), along with principal veteran actors Tom Everett Scott (“That Thing You Do,” “American Werewolf in Paris”), Jackson Hurst (“Drop Dead Diva”), Brigid Brannagh (“Army Wives,” “Underground”) and Rachel Hendrix (“October Baby,” “Perfect Wave”). The epic adventure highlights a compelling storyline relevant to teens, tweens, and other fans of the popular YA genre.
Reminiscent of “Twilight,” “The Walking Dead” and “The Hunger Games,” the new feature takes its characters – and the audience – far beyond their own fears and desires, opening them to the questions of purpose, and whether their lives and choices really matter. When a billion people around the globe suddenly vanish and chaos engulfs the nation — headstrong 15-year-old Gabby (Amber Frank) is thrust into adulthood way too soon. The event forces Gabby, along with her younger sister Claire (Keely Wilson) and the two teen boys vying for Gabby’s affection, Josh (Mason Dye) and Flynn (Dylan Sprayberry) — to try to figure out what has happened and how they fit into this dangerous new world. Girls will relate to Gabby and her struggles to deal with missing parents and big sister responsibilities – while wishing they were in her shoes when she’s forced to choose between the all-American hero Josh and the dark and mysterious Flynn. Guys will be pulled in by the suspense and cool new twist on the ‘end of the world’ adventure.
“VANISHED | Left Behind: Next Generation” was produced by veteran writer/ producer/ showrunner Dave Alan Johnson (“The Client,” “Doc,” “Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye,” “High Incident”) alongside Randy LaHaye (grandson of Left Behind co-author Dr. Tim LaHaye). Larry A. McLean (“Pacific Rim,” “Christmas with Tucker”) directed the feature from the screenplay written by Kim Beyer-Johnson (“When Calls the Heart,” “Doc”) and Joan Considine Johnson (“The Wild Thornberrys,” “Rugrats,” “Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye”).
“We are excited to debut this exclusive experience on the big screen,” says Kymberli Frueh, Fathom Events vice president of programming. “The best-selling Left Behind books from the ‘90s and early 2000s made a huge impact on their readers and ‘VANISHED | Left Behind: Next Generation’ will resonate with those enthusiasts while engaging a new legion of young fans.”
Tickets for the “VANISHED | Left Behind: Next Generation” event can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Audiences throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).