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God's Not Dead's Kevin Sorbo makes new faith-based film Let There Be Light

12.14.2016

As people who read the site regularly know, I love me some bad movies (in fact, over Thanksgiving weekend, I showed my family this abomination. I'm not invited back). Well, looks like I have another "winner" to look forward to with Kevin Sorbo's new movie LET THERE BE LIGHT, which he will produce with his wife Sam (who also co-wrote the film).

The film, according to Sorbo, is described as:

GHOST meets HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, with a dash of GOD'S NOT DEAD.

Take that how you will, as that's the closest we get to an actual plot synopsis besides that Sorbo will play "a world-renowned atheist whose beliefs are dramatically challenged." Which, if anyone saw GOD'S NOT DEAD knows, it's the exact same f*cking character. These films must be like porn for the puritanical. 

Now don't get me wrong, the "skeptic changes their beliefs" is annoying trope I hate to death, but it's not regulated to faith-based cinema. Though, to be fair, a lot the time in mainstream cinema that trope takes the form of "Monsters aren't real, you -- AHH! I just got killed by the monster I didn't believe existed previously! AHH!!!" But, you know, same principle.

It also seems to be a family affair, as Sorbo describes auditioning his two young sons for roles in the film:

They blew me away with their auditions...[and] as producers [we] realized the amount of money we had just saved by casting our own kids.

Or you just wanted to avoid awkward dinners.

The most crazy part of all this is that they pitched it to Sean Hannity, a FOX NEWS pundit, who is now an executive producer on the project. It also seems he's got the filmmaking bug, because this is just the first of many projects he's developing. 

Now, I want to re-iterate that I don't think these movies are bad because of the fact they are Christian or faith-based. Honestly, I love religious films if they're well-made (LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST, PASSION OF THE CHRIST, DOGMA). The fact these films are Christian are not the problem. It's the bad scripts, acting, cinematography, editing, filmmaking, sets, etc. that are.

But who knows. Maybe this one will be good. I just don't have faith.  

LET THERE BE LIGHT is expected to flip its switch November 2017. Mark your calendar folks, the holidays come early next year!

Extra Tidbit: Kevin Sorbo couldn't be in GOD'S NOT DEAD 2 because his character dies at the end of the first one.
Source: THR

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7:19PM on 12/15/2016
There can be good faith-based films.
Case in point: LIFE OF PI.
GOD'S NOT DEAD, and those other shit-streaked embarrassments to film and religion are self-indulgent. It reinforces one of the deadly sins: Pride.
Sadly, movies like this also breed intolerance, and helps nurture close-mindedness and an unwillingness to be more accepting of others that are not like-minded.
There can be good faith-based films.
Case in point: LIFE OF PI.
GOD'S NOT DEAD, and those other shit-streaked embarrassments to film and religion are self-indulgent. It reinforces one of the deadly sins: Pride.
Sadly, movies like this also breed intolerance, and helps nurture close-mindedness and an unwillingness to be more accepting of others that are not like-minded.
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5:23PM on 12/15/2016
Christian films are simply the worst genre out there. Lord Of The Rings is faith based in that it shares the values of Christianity (which are pretty universal) without ever mentioning God or shoving religious beliefs down our throats. That is the best way to spread a message and be heard. The opposite of what C.S. Lewis did with The Chronicles of Narnia. Now a movie featuring a character who uses his irrelevant faith and 2000 year old scriptures to outsmart science is just downright stupid and
Christian films are simply the worst genre out there. Lord Of The Rings is faith based in that it shares the values of Christianity (which are pretty universal) without ever mentioning God or shoving religious beliefs down our throats. That is the best way to spread a message and be heard. The opposite of what C.S. Lewis did with The Chronicles of Narnia. Now a movie featuring a character who uses his irrelevant faith and 2000 year old scriptures to outsmart science is just downright stupid and makes the whole Christian community look like a bunch of lunatics. Not like they needed that film for that but it's surely never gonna help their case.
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11:17AM on 12/15/2016
Even as a Christian, I can agree with the article. Just because the movie is faith-based doesn't mean filmmakers should give up on quality all together. I have expectations for all movies and I'm not going to lower my standards because the message is associated with my beliefs. There are plenty of movies that are not explicitly Christian but the message they give have value, but this year also had Hacksaw Ridge, which has a faith-based message but was done right. I'm not opposed to movies
Even as a Christian, I can agree with the article. Just because the movie is faith-based doesn't mean filmmakers should give up on quality all together. I have expectations for all movies and I'm not going to lower my standards because the message is associated with my beliefs. There are plenty of movies that are not explicitly Christian but the message they give have value, but this year also had Hacksaw Ridge, which has a faith-based message but was done right. I'm not opposed to movies with Christian messages; I just wish they wouldn't give up on making good films.

Of course, those people who hate on Christian for it's propaganda probably have no problem with all the movies that spout liberal propaganda in bad films. That must be okay, especially since it's so rare. (Sarcasm of course)
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6:15AM on 12/15/2016
"faith-based-film"
If you want to kill my interest in just one phrase, that is it. Bullshit Bible propaganda for the supersticious folks
"faith-based-film"
If you want to kill my interest in just one phrase, that is it. Bullshit Bible propaganda for the supersticious folks
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6:32PM on 12/14/2016

I'm giving the writer a thumbs down.

"Which, if anyone saw GOD'S NOT DEAD knows, it's the exact same f*cking character."

You're getting really worked up over this...Just because the characters share the same beliefs, that doesn't that they're, as you so eloquently put, the same f*cking character.

And articles about new movies are suppose to be articles giving info on the new movie. Not the writer getting all worked up about it and bashing it.
"Which, if anyone saw GOD'S NOT DEAD knows, it's the exact same f*cking character."

You're getting really worked up over this...Just because the characters share the same beliefs, that doesn't that they're, as you so eloquently put, the same f*cking character.

And articles about new movies are suppose to be articles giving info on the new movie. Not the writer getting all worked up about it and bashing it.
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6:22AM on 12/15/2016
False. JoBlo's modus operandi has always been to editorialize. You can get straight news elsewhere (and probably faster). You don't have to like it, but getting worked up over someone expressing their opinion in an article is missing the point of the site.

As for being "the exact same fucking character" (little known fact: the asterisk in "fuck" is put in because of management, not because the writers are squeamish about cursing) that's obviously a bit hyperbole, but it is a pretty specific
False. JoBlo's modus operandi has always been to editorialize. You can get straight news elsewhere (and probably faster). You don't have to like it, but getting worked up over someone expressing their opinion in an article is missing the point of the site.

As for being "the exact same fucking character" (little known fact: the asterisk in "fuck" is put in because of management, not because the writers are squeamish about cursing) that's obviously a bit hyperbole, but it is a pretty specific archetype (like finding out Steven Segal is an elite military guy, I'd probably make the same joke, even if other details are different).

Also, the article even says "it could be good", so if the movie sounds interesting to you, more power to you. But argue that point, not that the writer's can't offer up their own opinion. Because they can, and they are encouraged to.
1:55PM on 12/15/2016
"False. JoBlo's modus operandi has always been to editorialize."

Well I don't read many stories on here, so this is the first time I've seen someone bitching like this.

"As for being "the exact same fucking character" (little known fact: the asterisk in "fuck" is put in because of management, not because the writers are squeamish about cursing)"

I wasn't saying a word about them being squeamish or not. It's just the fact that he felt he had to use that word. That he got all worked up
"False. JoBlo's modus operandi has always been to editorialize."

Well I don't read many stories on here, so this is the first time I've seen someone bitching like this.

"As for being "the exact same fucking character" (little known fact: the asterisk in "fuck" is put in because of management, not because the writers are squeamish about cursing)"

I wasn't saying a word about them being squeamish or not. It's just the fact that he felt he had to use that word. That he got all worked up about even though they are probably different characters jut with the same beliefs.

"Also, the article even says "it could be good", so if the movie sounds interesting to you, more power to you."

Oh. I think it will be quite bad, but that's not the point.
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