Kevin Sorbo to Star in Crowdfunded Christmas Movie
"This is not a holiday movie — it's a Christmas movie," says the film's producer, who hopes to raise $2.5 million on Indiegogo.
Kevin Sorbo — a prominent TV star of the 1990s, thanks to Hercules: The Legendary Journeys — has been cast as the lead in a crowdfunded Christmas movie.
Sorbo, who recently starred in the surprise faith-based hit, God's Not Dead, will play the role of a former professional hockey player who dedicates his life — and a good portion of his money — to helping the homeless in New York.
The filmmakers intend on raising $2.5 million for the production of the movie via a crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo. The campaign has yet to launch.
Producer Frank DeMartini said that by avoiding a traditional Hollywood film studio or TV network, he'll be free from politically correct mores that dictate the phrase "merry Christmas" be avoided in favor of "happy holidays," at least in certain circles.
"This is not a holiday movie — it's a Christmas movie," said DeMartini.
Also starring in the movie, dubbed The Christmas Gift, are Dan Martin and Ella Joyce. Chris Widener and Mark Joseph are executive producers and Isaac Florentine, best known for his work on action franchises like Ninja, Undisputed and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, will direct.
"When I learned that there was a movie in the tradition of the great Christmas movies, unashamed and unabashed in everything Christmas stands for, I was excited to join the team," said Sorbo.