Lionsgate, Roadside Acquire Faith-Based Drama 'I Can Only Imagine'

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Dennis Quaid and Cloris Leachman star in the true-life story from the directors of 'Woodlawn.'

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have picked up the North American rights to faith-based feature I Can Only Imagine.

Dennis Quaid and Cloris Leachman star in the Jon and Andrew Erwin-directed drama, along with Priscilla Shirer, Madeline Carroll and J. Michael Finley.

I Can Only Imagine follows the true story of Bart Millard, lead singer of the Christian band MercyMe, and how he wrote what is now the most-played radio single in Christian music history.

Kevin Downes, Cindy Bond and Daryl Lefever are producing. The Erwin brothers are responsible for other faith-based fare, including Woodlawn.

I Can Only Imagine is set to be released on March 16, 2018, opening opposite the Tomb Raider reboot. 

“Coming on the heels of our faith-based box-office hit The Shack, I Can Only Imagine will touch audiences everywhere. We are very excited to bring this wonderful story to the big screen,” Lionsgate president of acquisitions and co-productions Jason Constantine said Monday in a statement.

Added Roadside Attractions co-presidents and co-founders Howard Cohen and Eric d'Arbeloff: “The Erwins bring world-class storytelling and production values to faith-based films. It’s no surprise they have attracted such a phenomenal cast to their latest feature. We are thrilled to be bringing it to theatrical audiences nationwide.”