'Heaven Is For Real' Stars Discuss The Rise Of Faith-Based Films
By Zach Seemayer
Heaven Is For Real is one in a deluge of recent faith-based films to be released into theaters. The film focuses on the family of a young boy who has a near-death experience during surgery and comes back claiming to have seen heaven and knowing things about past relatives that he couldn't possibly have known.
ET sat down with some of the stars of Heaven Is For Real to talk about the recent rise in biblical, faith-based cinema.
You know, when this script came up, I had read at Noah earlier, I guess like the year before. And I knew the movie was getting made," said Heaven Is For Real star Thomas Haden Church. "But when I was flipping through the script, I was like, 'Wow, this is really like an epic action film.' And then Heaven came up, and those are the only two I knew about. And then The Bible airs on the History Channel, and then Boom! Son of God, [God's Not Dead], Noah is coming out, Heaven Is For Real… the Ridley Scott Exodus remake that's coming out in the fall. Quite frankly I didn't know that there was this clot of movies that were going to come out."
Although, Church also pointed out that religious films, and films dealing with The Bible, are not new to Hollywood.
"But I do think it's sort of cyclical. Because if you look back, you know, to the 50s, 60s, man they were all over the place," said Church, 53, referencing films such as The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur. "And they were huge!"
Check out the video for more from the stars of Heaven Is For Real, which is set to hit theaters April 16, 2014.