Jesus Revolution Set to Release February 24, 2023

HOLLYWOOD — “Jesus Revolution,” the faith-based film about the great spiritual revival of the 1970s, has tapped Kelsey Grammer, Joel Courtney, Jonathan Roumie and Anna Grace Barlow to create an iconic cast.

“Jesus Revolution” follows Laurie’s journey from Southern California hippie rebel to committed believer at the swell of the Jesus Movement. The film will star Joel Courtney (The Kissing Booth) as young Greg Laurie and Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) as Greg’s mentor, Pastor Chuck Smith. Jonathan Roumie (The Chosen) will portray hippie and Charismatic evangelist Lonnie Frisbee, and Anna Grace Barlow (Scream, The Never List) will co-star as Greg Laurie’s young wife, Cathe. Other notable castings include Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Ally Ioannides, Julia Campbell, Nic Bishop and Jolie Jenkins.

“This film is not primarily about Chuck Smith, Lonnie Frisbee, Cathe Laurie or myself. It’s about how Jesus moved and sent a spiritual awakening in our lives that is still being felt today,” said Pastor Greg Laurie. “I am honored to have such a talented, venerated cast and crew tell this story that is so near to my heart and changed my life and our country for eternity. The Jesus Movement was the last great American spiritual awakening. Some historians have said it was the greatest revival of all time. Now, I’m praying for another in our time.”

“Jesus Revolution,” written by Jon Erwin and Jon Gunn with The Erwin Brothers and The Kingdom Story Company (Lionsgate), is set to release February 24, 2023. The film is based on the book of the same title from Laurie and Ellen Vaughn, telling personal stories of one of the largest spiritual revivals in the nation’s history.

Against the socially chaotic backdrop of the 1970s, an entire generation in the U.S. found new meaning in Christianity, sparking a revival that broke out on the West Coast and spread throughout the United States — an event that TIME Magazine called “The Jesus Revolution.”

“Jesus has been a profound influence in my life,” said Kelsey Grammer. “I am proud to be a part of this film.”

Lionsgate Signs Deal With Erwin Brothers and Kevin Downes

Check out this fantastic news about friends of the podcast – The Erwin Brothers and Kevin Downes. All three have been guests on the Ed Boston Podcast.

LIONSGATE SIGNS MULTI-PLATFORM FILM AND TELEVISION FIRST-LOOK DEAL WITH THE ERWIN BROTHERS AND KEVIN DOWNES

The Filmmakers Behind Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions’ Faith-Based Hit “I Can Only Imagine” To Create Films and TV Series for Lionsgate

SANTA MONICA, CA, and VANCOUVER, BC, August 9, 2018 –
Significantly expanding its footprint in the growing faith-based market, global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) has signed a multi-platform film and television first-look deal with Andrew and Jon Erwin and producing partner Kevin Downes, the filmmaking team behind this year’s box office hit I Can Only Imagine, which was released by Lionsgate and sister company Roadside Attractions. The announcement was made today by Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Chairman Joe Drake and Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs.

As part of the multi-year agreement, the Erwin Brothers and Downes will develop, produce and direct feature films and television programming for the Company under their newly- created Kingdom banner. The deal follows Lionsgate’s breakout successes in the faith-based community, which include the double Oscar® winner Hacksaw RidgeThe Shack, and most recently, I Can Only Imagine, the highest grossing movie in Roadside’s history.

The Erwin Brothers are one of only a handful of directors to have received a rare A+ CinemaScore twice, having accomplished the feat on I Can Only Imagine and Woodlawn. Downes and the Erwins have been building their brand in the rapidly growing inspirational faith-based family market, having collaborated on three films in the last five years that have all opened in the top 10 movies in America. The Erwins have also directed numerous acclaimed documentaries and music videos, and Downes, a 20- year industry veteran, has produced 15 features.

“We’re proud to expand our relationship with Andrew, Jon and Kevin through this exciting and collaborative, cross-divisional partnership,” said Drake and Beggs. “This deal underscores our ongoing commitment to serve moviegoers with premium, faith- based content. We look forward to working with the Erwin Brothers and Kevin on film and television projects that resonate not only with the faith-based community but with viewers everywhere.”

“Our dream for launching Kingdom is to create the most trusted and respected brand in faith-based entertainment. We needed a partner that would catch that dream with us and Lionsgate is the perfect fit,” said Jon Erwin. “They aren’t like any other studio we’ve ever worked with and they have a passion to empower creative entrepreneurs. We can’t wait to work together on some exciting new projects.”

“Our creative ambition and directing sweet spot is to tell redemptive, inspirational stories that appeal to audiences everywhere. We need optimism and hope more than ever today, and those are the stories we love to tell,” added Andrew Erwin.

 

“We’re thrilled to begin this new venture with Joe, Kevin and the rest of the incredible Lionsgate team,” said Downes. “We have seen firsthand how Lionsgate champions an artist’s individuality and creativity. They have a proven track-record for reaching targeted audiences with diverse, high-end content and we could not be more thrilled to call Lionsgate our new home.”

The Erwin Brothers and Downes join Lionsgate’s elite portfolio of creative partnerships which includes Paul Feig, Eugenio Derbez, Kevin Hart, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, Justin Simien, Courtney Kemp,Yvette Lee Bowser, Ed Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz, and John Goldwyn, among others.

The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Motion Picture Group’s Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Eda Kowan, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions and Co- Productions, Bonnie Stylides, Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, and Adrian Lopez, Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs.

The Erwin Brothers and Downes are represented by WME’s Dave Wirtschafter and Matthew Johnson at Ziffren, Brittenham.

ABOUT LIONSGATE
The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate is a global content platform whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world. In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, gaming, virtual reality and other new entertainment technologies. Lionsgate’s content initiatives are backed by a 16,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global licensing infrastructure. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company’s worldwide consumer base.

I Can Only Imagine Update

I was in Walmart a couple of days ago, and the picture above is the display for the movie I Can Only Imagine and yes, it’s sold out.

Here are the links to all of the interviews we have done for the movie.

Andy Erwin and Kevin Downes Talk About “I Can Only Imagine” DVD Release

3 Guests From “I Can Only Imagine” Talk About The Movie

3 Guests From “I Can Only Imagine” Talk About The Movie

For this podcast, Ed interviews Jon Erwin, Madeline Corrall andBrent McCorkle, all have major roles in the movie I Can Only Imagine.

Jon is the co-writer and co-director along with being part of the famed Erwin Brothers. Madeline plays Bart Millard’s girlfriend/wife. Brent is the co-writer, co-editor and served as the 2nd unit director along with composing the score for the film as well.

The movie was released 3:16 (yes March 16 = 3:16).

HERE IS THE LINK TO THE INTERVIEWS

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Podcast Interview: Jon Erwin Talks Steve McQueen: American Icon

On the latest Ed Boston Podcast Network show, Ed proudly was able to interview Jon Erwin. Jon, part of  Erwin Brothers Entertainment shared about the movie – “Steve McQueen: American Icon”. Jon also mentions another project they have coming out on March 16th or 3:16 and that is none other than “I Can Only Imagine”.

Click on the picture below to listen to Ed’s interview with Jon Erwin.

Steve McQueen