Carol Stream, IL (August 23, 2018)
AFFIRM Films in partnership with Provident Films has announced next year’s release of Overcomer, the highly anticipated sixth film from Alex and Stephen Kendrick (War Room, Fireproof, Courageous, Facing the Giants, Flywheel) in theaters throughout North America August 2019. Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendricks’ new venture tackles the vital issue of spiritual identity in a unique and fresh way.
In anticipation of the film’s debut, Tyndale House Publishers, in partnership with renowned writer Chris Fabry, will release the novelization of the movie’s captivating story based upon biblical themes from the book of Ephesians. Known for his rich character development and trademark lyrical prose, Fabry, who is a bestselling author of over eighty books for adults and children, will translate the Kendricks’ new movie into an inspirational novel of three characters’ journeys as each find and refine their true identity in Christ.
When asked about the project, Fabry shared, “I’m so excited about tackling another great story with the Kendricks.” Regarding the process, he said, “I love asking questions about what’s going on inside the people you see on the screen, so the book will give you all of the film plus some deeper looks at the backstory and other meaningful threads that can’t fit into a two-hour film.” He also shared that while “telling a great story is our goal . . . our deepest hope for the novel is to connect readers with their true identity. Our prayer for Overcomer is that people will realize who they are in Christ.”
Director Alex Kendrick specifically requested Fabry’s involvement. “We have great admiration for Chris Fabry’s work and ministry heart. He was an absolute joy to work with on the novelization of War Room and was able to read the Overcomer script early and join us on set this summer to hear the message and heart behind this new film. We think he and Tyndale are the perfect partners for this project.”
Tyndale publisher Karen Watson said, “We are honored to be part of this successful team. The Kendricks always illustrate a theme that speaks to a timely spiritual longing in our culture. We know that Chris’s development of an ‘extended cut’ of the story line will enrich the experience of folks who love the film and can encourage others to see it.”
Overcomer is currently in postproduction and is directed by Alex Kendrick, produced by Stephen Kendrick and Aaron Burns, with executive producer Shannon Kendrick, and the screenplay written by Alex and Stephen Kendrick.