I pray all is well. In light of the current popularity of the comics/graphic novels-movies relationship and my thoughts on what makes comics and graphic novels a unique medium, here are 7 Christian movies I think would benefit from being turned into a comic or graphic novel. Below is a synopsis of each movie, courtesy of the Christian Film Database (#’s 1, 3, & 5-7) and the Internet Movie Database (#’s 2 & 4).
In rural Alabama, two couples find themselves in a fight for survival. Running from a maniac (The Tin Man) bent on killing them, they flee deep into the woods and seek refuge in a house that isn’t as abandoned as it looks. They soon realize the killer has purposely lured them here, and now they’re trapped. They have 12 hours to figure out how to survive the killer’s deadly game, and they quickly learn that the only way out… is in. But going further into this house–where unknown challenges await them–is equally deadly. Can they escape the spiritual evil that threatens their very souls?
In seeking her own redemption from the one man of whom she is most afraid, 10-year-old Cadi Forbes discovers a secret sin haunting her community of Welsh immigrants in 1850s Appalachia.
A Zambian farmer of Scottish heritage, who leaves his farm in the midst of political unrest and racially charged land reclaims and travels south with his family to start a better life in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. With nothing more than a caravan on a patch of land, and help from his foreman, Simeon Bhengu, the Buchan family struggle to settle in a new country.
Faced with ever mounting challenges, hardships and personal turmoil, Angus quickly spirals down into a life consumed by anger, fear and destruction. Based on the true story by Angus Buchan, The moving journey of a man who, like his potatoes, grows in faith, unseen until the harvest.
Innocent lives hang on the whim of an elusive psychopathic murderer whose strange riddles and impossible timelines force three people into a mission to end the game before one or all of them die.
#5: To Save A Life
Jake is the most popular kid in school and has a promising future, but his world is rocked when tragedy strikes his childhood best friend. Now Jake is forced to ask, “Could I have saved him?” With help from a few new friends, he embarks on a journey to live a life of purpose, knocking down the sacred social barriers of high school life and befriending a loner, Jonny Garcia. But when Jonny’s life spirals out of control, will Jake have what it takes to stop him from the same tragic end? Can one person really make a difference?
Set to release August 3rd, ‘To Save a Life’ is an indie movie depicting the real-life challenges of teens and their choices. Jim Britts, who has a film degree from Biola University in La Mirada, Calif., began writing the script in January 2007 after coming across so many hurting and lonely teens. As the film follows Taylor on his search, it addresses a host of issues, including suicide, peer pressure, divorce, teen pregnancy, abortion and the authenticity of Christians.
#6 Soul Surfer
Bethany Hamilton is the world-class teen surfer who, at age 13, lost her left arm in a shark attack. If you know her story and what schoolchild in America doesn’t?, you also know of her family’s faith in God. The stories are inseparable. And you know that within three weeks, Bethany was back on her surfboard.
Bethany’s story exemplifies personal faith, family unity, the guiding influence of a Christian youth-group leader, and the trust of a 13-year-old girl who, weeks before the accident, began praying that God would make clear her purpose in life.
As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners are confident and focused. They willingly stand up to the worst the world can offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.
While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark. They know that God desires to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, but their children are beginning to drift further and further away from them.
Will they be able to find a way to serve and protect those that are most dear to them? When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God, and to their children?
Stay tuned for part two, and take care!