- JUST THE NEWS - Christian Toto - OCT 2, 2021 -
The latest installment in the Christian film series revives the feisty spirit of the original, which grossed a stunning $60 million
Michael Scott, the founding partner of Pure Flix and Pinnacle Peak Pictures, admits the “God's Not Dead" franchise suffered a self-inflicted wound via the second sequel.
"God's Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness" (2018) tried to reach across the secular aisle, and the box office tally subsequently crashed.
The pro-Christian series began with a stunning $60 million box office haul in 2014 only to see those numbers plummet to $5.7 million for part three.
That film asked, "Is there a way we can come together?" says Scott. "In retrospect, I don't think that message resonated as well."
That won't be a problem with the latest "God's Not Dead" installment. Subtitled "We the People," the film returns the franchise to its blunt posture. A group of parents, including a dad played by Antonio Sabato, Jr., fight the U.S. government to maintain their faith-based homeschooling program.
The narrative feels ripped from recent headlines, and "We the People" isn't afraid to evoke a conservative icon in the process. The sequel opens with an ominous quote from President Ronald Reagan warning audiences, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction."
Next, we meet parents forced to shut down their Christian-based homeschooling network or face severe fines levied by a no-nonsense judge (Fox News mainstay Jeanine Pirro).
"There is a time to come together, and there is a time to fight ... it's time not to lay down," Scott says of the current cultural landscape. "How can we speak to this in an intelligent manner, to stoke the conversation?"
It's not lost on Scott that a gaming CEO, Tripwire Interactive's John Gibson, just got squeezed out of his job for supporting Texas' pro-life legislation on Twitter.
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