The Producers behind the smash-hit faith-based film I Can Only Imagine officially announced the formation of their new movie studio Kingdom Studios. With a team that includes Kevin Downes, Jon and Andy Erwin and more the studio aims to give priority to films that share Christian values and morals. The star-studded launch event which took place on Wednesday during the annual National Religious Broadcasters Convention featured appearances by popular evangelist Greg Laurie as well as for KING & COUNTRY and more.
Among the projects coming up for the new studio which was formed in partnership with Lionsgate includes a film based on contemporary Christian music artist Jeremy Camp as well as a film documenting the 1970’s Jesus movement titled Jesus Revolution. The studio will also release a series titled Apostles which will focus on different Biblical stories. With the first one being titled Resurrection of Christ. Kingdom Studios will also be releasing a musical film in partnership with for KING & COUNTRY the film is titled The Drummer Boy.
The launch event also featured actress Madeline Carroll who is a former child Star most known for her co-starring role alongside Kevin Costner in the movie Swing Vote and more recently appeared in I can Only Imagine as the girlfriend of MercyMe frontman Bart Millard.
In one of the more emotional moments of the event, Madeline Carroll opened up about struggles she has faced throughout her career in Hollywood and how she has had to struggle to stay true to her faith and values. She has been brought on to work with Kingdom Studios as a writer and director for future projects.
Lionsgate who will be financially supporting the new studio is excited about the possibilities of tapping into the faith-based audience who have been greatly underserved in recent years. The success of the Erwin Brothers films has brought attention to the entertainment industry that there is an audience that desires faith-based and encouraging content. This is a huge development and brings Christian films out from being dependent on independent filmmakers and brings a new legitimacy to the increasingly popular genre.