“I Can Only Imagine” producers made an announcement Hollywood will hate

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The blockbuster hit “I Can Only Imagine” broke down anti-Christian barriers in Hollywood.

Grossing a whopping $83 million, the top-grossing independent film of 2018 turned heads.

And now the two brothers who produced the film are on the verge of transforming Hollywood.

Andy and Jon Erwin made Christian film history this year with the success of “I Can Only Imagine.”

The film captivated audiences with the true story behind MercyMe’s chart topping song.

Now, looking to build on their success, the brothers a launching their own production company, “Kingdom.”

Jon Erwin recently described the project as a “Christian Pixar or a Christian Marvel” in an interview with Baptist Press:

Erwin, his brother Andy and their production partner Kevin Downes have formed a new filmmaking company, Kingdom, which will bring multiple filmmakers together to create a “pipeline of event movies” that proclaim a biblical message and “serve the church,” Erwin told Baptist Press.

“We’re going to be unveiling what I feel is a great leap forward and a vision for what can be accomplished in Hollywood on behalf of Christianity,” Erwin said. “And we’re also going to be unveiling multiple films. It’s going to be real exciting.”

The vision for Kingdom, Erwin said, began with a desire to impact the culture and spread the Gospel through movies, which he calls “America’s second largest export.” A group effort is needed for faith-movies, Erwin said, because he and his brother are limited in what they can do. A single film takes two to three years to complete.

“Andy and I could never make enough content to really move the needle,” he said. “Culturally, it has to be a group initiative.”

“If there’s anything that we should learn as Christians, it is that our movie ticket really is our vote,” Erwin said. “When we show up in mass numbers, culture takes notice. It’s sort of like Joshua in the battle of Jericho. He marched around the city seven times, but in the last step everyone had to yell at exactly the same time — and that’s when the walls fell down. Our industry is like that. When we join our voices together at the same moment, that creates cultural power.”

What are your thoughts on the new venture?

Do you agree with Jon Erwin that successful Christian movies can lead to more cultural power for Christianity?

Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Wonderful! Wonderful! We all need to pray for your success. Ask churches everywhere for prayers. God will respond and be “your director” if this is His will and then “nothing” can stop it. I am going to pray for you right now that you will have a clean and pure heart and always open to only God’s direction.

    • Fantastic. About time the Hollywood smut factory is undergoing some thorough cleansing. May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ richly bless these amazing two brothers!

      • Just so they don’t use Hollywood actresses and actors who are really terrible role models! Most of them have lost their minds and morals. God needs to step in on them!

  2. I have seen the film and I loved it! I too, have prayed that you will find success in this endeavor. Decent films and decent books seem to be rather few and far between, but my prayer is that more and more people will see your film and others that are TRULY family and faith oriented and that God will assist you and others who use their artistic talent to give us good films and books, without all the trashy sex and bad language!

  3. Praying that they are very successful. As for my husband and I, we will attend every movie they make as long as it is based on Christian principals. “I Can Only Imagine” was an awesome movie. “The War Room” was another awesome movie. There is a huge market out there for real — Hollyweird has produced some non authentic Christian movies — Christian movies.

  4. I really see, and am so grateful for, a resurgence in acknowledgement of our Christian faiths. In part, I believe it is because we have a president who does not stumble all over himself not to invoke the name of the Lord, as our Muslim president did before him. And, in doing so, I think President Trump has opened many doors in our direction to assist us in spreading the word. I loved ” I Can Only Imagine “. In fact I rented it for my 9 year old grandson and he loved it! I am going to surprise him with the DVD for Christmas. God bless Andy and Jon Erwin. Let’s all pray for their success as they venture into unchartered territory. Thank you both so much!

  5. I agree with Andy and Jon about how we can morally win back our Country by showing how Christ loves us and wants His best for His people who repent their sins, accept His sacrifice and love for us whereby we live for Him. I think this is what entertainment should be about – family oriented movies, clean songs that actually mean something, comedies that are wholesome and laughable.

  6. A logical technological step forward. Delivering His message through motion pictures.
    Hopefully America’s children will now receive his message.
    I will pray for God’s inspiration to grant them success.

  7. I always wondered why this has never been done before. It is a great idea and I am very glad to hear the news. I enjoyed the movie, “I can only imagine” with my son. My wife’s favorite movie is: “Moms Night Out”. We are all looking forward to “Kingdom’s” new productions. This will also, give a place for Christian actors who have been blacklisted by Hollywood. To quote Red Skelton, “May God Bless”. He never said, “God Bless You”, as he explained in an interview, it was up to God to decide who HE would Bless.

  8. Absolutely! We need more Christian films out there. Kids today are being brainwashed to believe that the whole world is evil. Just look at the kids who are named ANTIFA! God can help us all through these troublng times if we ask him to. The problem is, Hollywood only wants to take Christianity out of films and it warps people’s minds and instills fear and hatred! Thanks guys!

  9. Amen, I love it!!! Yes, yes, YES, HOOAH!!! I agree with everyone here!!! Our prayers are with you for many, many more blessings, and with FANTASTIC success in your new endeavor… Mary M, LOL, you took the words right out of my mouth, tango mike sierra… Decent films and books are far and few in-between… It’s been my prayer that many more people will see this beautiful film… I pray “I Can Only Imagine” will be an inspiration to many… The WORLD NEEDS to see MORE FAITH-BASED MOVIES… God bless you and your always, God bless America and her warriors, God bless our first responders, God bless y’all… Oh, BTW, be sure to share the love, be safe, stay vigilant… \_(8D)_/

  10. We Bought “I Can Only Imagine” for our extended family that have walked away from Christ. We went to the movie as well, and I look forward to supporting faith based endeavors! Thank you!

  11. I had already loved the song by MercyMe, but the film really brought it to life. I really do hope the Christian production company will be met with applause, but it’s more than likely going to be met with either skepticism or outright denouncement (much as Mel Gibson did when he made The Passion). Still, even though you will be fighting the tide Satan will throw out to stop you, if we Christians will get behind your productions with our movie money, you will succeed, naysayers notwithstanding. Stick to the script the Bible provides, and you can come up with some faith-building stories for all ages. Bravo for YOU!

  12. We need people like these brothers to make more movies like “I Can Imagine.” There has been too much discord and evil in movies, TV, etc. This Country was founded on Christian values and we desperately need to get back to those value.

  13. A definite Amen to this becoming something we, as Christians, want and need so bad. What it would do for our nation something, as movie lovers, we want and need so bad!!!

  14. Get out and vote for the GOP in Nov. to save the country from NAZI Commie Demoncrat liberal mobs!They want to make America into another Venezuela!Obama almost got us there! Now that America is great again because of Pres.Trump let’s keep it that way!

  15. We saw “I Can Only Imagine” and it was awesome. Great movie. The more successful you are, the more vile hatred that Hollyweird will spew forth. Sometimes you are better known by your enemies than you are your friends.

  16. I’ve seen the movie twice, finally bought it. It is such an inspiration for my entire family. When we are in the car, we all sing it. We know all the words, even our six year old. It has been such a blessing to all of us. Mercy Me continues to be a blessing from our precious Lord as well. Keep the movies and the music blessings flowing.

  17. More family friendly and Christian movies are sorely needed! Kudos to the brothers for pursuing it! You will be richly rewarded, of that we are sure!

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