Music has the ability to change a person’s life. Sometimes a song and its lyrics can tell a compelling tale which can move you to tears. A songwriter can never imagine that his creation can have such effects. Bart Millard had a similar experience. When he wrote ‘I Can Only Imagine’ (a song with a strong spiritual story to tell) it changed not only the course of music but also gave direction to a lot of people.
The recent news to hit the public (courtesy Deadline) – Dennis Quaid and country singer Trace Adkins are set to star in ‘I Can Only Imagine’ which is set to hit the theaters in 2018.
The film has a religious background. The story is based on the 1999 hit song ‘I Can Only Imagine’. Bart Millard the lead singer of MercyMe wrote the song. It has the distinction of being the first spiritual song to go platinum. It became 2X platinum in the year 2014. Going by its achievement it’s no surprise that such a song managed to inspire filmmakers.
Jon Erwin, the writer and director of the film claims “No one knows the story behind it, and how this song that really touched the world came to be.”
A complicated yet intriguing tale of a father and son is revealed in this song according to Andrew Erwin who is Jon’s brother and fellow director.
Millard while talking about what attracted him to the project claims “It’s all about the redemption quality of the whole thing,” and adds “It’s the fact that if the gospel can change that dude, it can change anybody.”
Dennis Quaid has a similar take on the project. He says “It’s very uplifting, (it’s) about how one can really have a complete change in one’s heart and how much you can move the earth with that.” He claims that such a change is not a recurrent phenomenon in anyone’s life.
The Facebook page of the movie is also spreading the godly message to the followers. According to the page, the film is “a powerful reminder of how God can soften the hardest of hearts, offer forgiveness to the unforgivable, and mend broken relationships.”
Co- star Trace Adkins says she chose this film because, “It’s interesting, it’s compelling, it’s real.” For her the film has two stories to tell, “It’s not just about ‘I Can Only Imagine.’ It’s about Bart’s Spiritual Journey.”
The producer, Kevin Downes had collaborated earlier with the Erwin brothers on two films “Woodlawn” and “Moms’ Night Out.”
The audiences have had a taste of many spiritual films in the past and their verdict has never been fixed. As ‘I Can Only Imagine’ starts its journey the filmmakers are hoping for the best. The film will find its way into theaters in the spring of 2018.
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