Kirk Cameron's Faith-Based 'Saving Christmas' Picked Up for Limited Release
Kirk Cameron is on Samuel Goldwyn Films' nice list.
The company will release Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas in a limited run on Nov. 14. The Growing Pains actor, who has a long history of conservative activism and commentary, intends to put Christ back into Christmas with the film, focusing on the biblical story behind the festivities.
"For too many years Christmas has been attacked and hammered by those outside the church, and it’s even changed how we think about Christmas inside the church," he said in a statement. "My hope for Saving Christmas is that families all across the country will join with my family in putting Christ back into Christmas."
The film's release by Samuel Goldwyn follows that of other faith-based films that found a home there, including Home Run and The Song. The company last worked with Cameron producing and distributing Fireproof, the firefighter drama in which the actor starred. The film took in $33 million worldwide.
Saving Christmas is the first project in a three-film deal between Cameron's production company CAMFAM Studios and Provident Films, which was a producer on Fireproof. The partnership's other two films are anticipated for 2015 and 2016 releases.
“I've been looking for a home for my projects for a while now. We have big plans at CAMFAM Studios and wanted to have a home base. The relationship with Provident Films has been developing over the past months, and we realized they were the natural choice," Cameron said in the statement.
The film is produced in partnership with Liberty University, a nonprofit Christian university in Lynchburg, Va., which partnered with CAMFAM last year to produce the Cameron-written documentary Unstoppable.