2020 was probably the roughest year at the movies since the invention of the camera but good news, moviegoers! The vaccines are rolling out, slowly but more or less surely. Hollywood is getting its release calendar in order. And best of all, one of America’s most lucrative franchises is getting to work on another installment. Marvel? No, they’re mostly on Disney Plus now. Star Wars? No, those are also on Disney Plus. Pixar? OK, how about we just tell you so you can stop guessing. It’s the God’s Not Dead franchise!
Yes, God’s Not Dead is rumored to be hard at work yet another story about godless teachers in anti-religio-marxist colleges and lamestream media moguls out in Hollyweird conspiring against everyday, regular, Christian folks, and how their plots are inevitably foiled by the faithful. The first movie, of course, showed how a simple college student can overcome Professor Kevin Sorbo. God’s Not Dead 2 flipped the script, making Professor Melissa John Hart the one who got in trouble with students because she talked about God. God’s Not Dead 3: A Light in the Darkness focused on an evil college trying to shut down a church, loosely based on the story of five Texas pastors who received subpoenas for their sermon notes (those subpoenas were eventually dropped).
According to an Instagram video from PureFlix founding partner David A.R. White, this one will be titled God’s Not Dead: We the People, and draws inspiration from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. That movie is exposing corruption in Washington D.C. so between that and the title, it’s a safe bet this one’s going to tackle American politics even more explicitly than its predecessors. There’s also some reports that this might be God’s Not Dead‘s first period piece, set in the early 90s in Arkansas. Hmmm, are there any major 90s political figures from Arkansas?
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The movies don’t fare well critically but they’ve been big successes at the box office, with the first one raking in over $100 million in 2014 when it released. We’ll see how this one does when it wraps filming,