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  • Writer's pictureThomas Bonifield

The Erwin Brothers Plan for a Film on the "Jesus Movement"

That 'great awakening' swept across America from the late '60s through the early '70s.

Jon and Andrew Erwin on the set of "Moms' Night Out."

Andrew and Jon Erwin, the team behind this year's faith-based hit I Can Only Imagine, will announce a host of feature film and TV projects on March 27, 2019 in California at a convention of the National Religious Broadcasters, according to Movie Guide. The productions are part of a major deal they signed in August with Lionsgate under its new Kingdom entity.

One project we know is in the works will be based on a book by pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship, a church in Riverside, CA. Laurie took part in the "Jesus Movement" as a young man and has documented that revival in Jesus Revolution, which he wrote with Ellen Vaughn and published earlier this year.

He and Jon Erwin made the announcement on Twitter. Erwin calls the movement "the last great awakening in America" and says he's eager to bring it to the big screen.

"My goal is to take us back to this moment so we can experience it again. It's a special time, an intriguing time and I can't wait for people to see."

The most high-profile event of the "Jesus Movement" came in June of 1972 in Dallas, TX when as many as 200-thousand high school and college students came to the Cotton Bowl for Explo '72. That gathering was put on by Campus Crusade for Christ - now known as CRU - featured evangelist Billy Graham, and was designed to train those young believers to spread the Gospel of Christ.

There are no dates yet set for the movie's production or release, but the Erwin Brothers will no doubt provide more information next March.


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