Religion-based filmmaker Jon Erwin set a film trade file over the weekend when his new movie Jesus Revolution recorded an A+ CinemaScore, making him the primary director ever to obtain 4 excellent scores.

Erwin beforehand notched A+ CinemaScores for Woodlawn (2015), I Can Solely Think about (2018) and American Underdog(2021). He co-directed all three along with his brother, Andrew Erwin.

Solely three administrators in filmmaking historical past have earned three A+ CinemaScores: Alex Kendrick for Overcomer (2019), Warfare Room (2015) and Brave (2011); Rob Reiner for The Princess Bride (1987), When Harry Met Sally (1989) and A Few Good Males (1992); and Andrew Erwin for the three titles talked about above.

CinemaScore was based in 1978 and commenced publicly releasing the information in 1986. It polls moviegoers on a movie’s opening weekend and asks them to grade titles they’ve seen.

Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg has directed two films that obtained an A+ rating: E.T. (1982) and Schindler’s Listing (1993).

Erwin co-directed Jesus Revolution with Brent McCorkle. It was made by Kingdom Story Firm.

“Jon Erwin has now achieved 4 A+ CinemaScores, greater than every other filmmaker since we now have been compiling knowledge,” mentioned Harold Mintz, president of CinemaScore. “For a director to realize that accomplishment as soon as is a rarity. However to hit that mark 4 occasions isn’t solely an unbelievable distinction – it is unprecedented. Congratulations to Jon and Brent McCorkle and your complete staff at Kingdom Story Firm.”

Erwin instructed Christian Headlines that he took an interest within the Jesus Revolution story whereas standing on the set of Woodlawn in 2014. That movie, too, was set within the Nineteen Seventies.

“That’s the place I first held that Jesus Revolution Time Journal cowl (from 1971), written 5 years after the primary Time cowl (from 1966) with no footage requested, ‘Is God Useless?’ … I have been obsessed with that story ever since,” Erwin instructed Christian Headlines.

There are similarities, Erwin mentioned, between at this time’s polarized tradition and the polarized tradition of the Sixties/70s.

“The message for at this time is that there is hope – all that we’re going by way of proper now, we confronted an identical time, and an identical second [in the 60s/70s], and God confirmed up on this nation with probably the most unlikely folks amongst the hippies,” Erwin instructed Christian Headlines. “… The heartbeat of [the film] is God can do that once more – this might occur once more. And we’re in such an identical second. That is the reply to the issues that we’re coping with. If we discovered it earlier than, we are able to discover it once more.”


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Picture courtesy: ©Kingdom Story Firm, used with permission.

Michael Foust has lined the intersection of religion and information for 20 years. His tales have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity As we speak, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chroniclethe Toronto Star and the Knoxville Information-Sentinel.

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