I pray all is well. Following up on last week’s post, here are 7 more Christian movies I think would benefit from being turned into a comic or graphic novel. With some of the movies listed here, I would add that they would probably need to be tweaked some, or have some more “epicness” added to the comic or graphic novel version. As much of a sap I am for a good love story (yeah I said it), I think something else needs to be going on in order for that kind of story to grab the attention of the average reader of comics or graphic novels. Below is a synopsis of each movie, courtesy of the Christian Film Database (#’s 1, 2, 4, 5, & 7) and the Internet Movie Database (#’s 3 & 6).
In racially charged Memphis Tennessee, a searing personal tragedy has left police officer Mac McDonald a bitter, angry soul, blaming a long downward spiral on minorities, “the system” and God Himself.
Who better to bring this simmering kettle to a boil than an African-American pastor-cop named Sam, who’s just been promoted in front of Mac, and assigned as his new partner?
When a routine burglary call goes horribly wrong, Mac McDonald hits bottom, and stares into the Abyss of losing it all career, family, and any reason to go on. His only lifeline is Grace, offered by the God he’s abandoned, through the gift of a man he can barely stand.
The question is, will he take it?
Stranded in the middle of nowhere, five strangers take refuge in a deserted roadside diner. An arrogant businessman, a lonely woman, an estranged couple, and a teen runaway, they appear to have nothing in common.
But the Christlike proprietor seems strangely all-knowing and offers more than temporal nourishment.
Ethan Jenkins (Michael W. Smith) and Jake Sanders (introducing Jeff Obafemi Carr) are both passionate pastors who worship the same God from the same book–but that’s where the similarity ends. White and well-to-do Ethan is comfortable in his music ministry at the media-savvy suburban mega-church, The Rock; Jake is a street smart African-American who ministers to the gang members, teen mothers, and drug addicts of the urban Second Chance. When they are suddenly thrown together in a tough neighborhood and forced to work side by side, Ethan discovers there is no boundary between the streets and the sanctuary.
But can the faith these two men share overcome the prejudices that divide them to give themselves and a struggling urban church a second chance?
Fifteen years ago, Ben Walker (Sorbo) made a decision to leave his college sweetheart Wendy (Swanson), and ultimately his faith, in order to pursue a lucrative business opportunity. Now on the verge of marriage to an equally materialistic fiance, he is visited by an angelic mechanic (Ratzenberger) who tells him that he needs to see what his life would have been like had he followed God’s calling.
Suddenly, Ben finds himself married to Wendy with two daughters, including a rebellious teen (Ryan), getting ready for church on a Sunday morning, where he’s scheduled to give his first sermon as the new pastor.
If Ben wants to get back to his old life, he must first learn to appreciate the value of faith and family, and perhaps rediscover the love of his life. In the tradition of It’s a Wonderful Life and The Family Man, What If… tells the story of a man whose glimpse into what he’s missing reminds him of what he truly wants.
Armstrong Cane (Rhames) served 15 years in prison for manslaughter. Towards the end of his sentence, Armstrong reforms and finds God in his life. Now, out of prison, he serves God as the Pastor of his community church. As he works to rebuild the community he left behind, the ex con meets Norris (Murphy) and recognizes a young man headed down the wrong path. Lured into the depths of drugs and violence by local dealer Blaze (McDermott), the troubled teen is pulled in opposite directions.
While battling to keep on the right path, Cane fights to save Norris from a life of drugs and violence, but the ultimate question remains: Can people really change, or will the demons of their past overcome them?
Jeff and Heather Baker were life long sweethearts and happily married… for a time. But at her greatest moment of weakness, Heather abandons Jeff, forcing Jeff to raise their young son alone. Ten years later, through a God ordained encounter, Jeff and Heather meet again. They must wrestle with forgiveness, reconciliation and the pressing of the Savior on their hearts.
Worlds collide and tragedy strikes as a group of missionaries journeys to the heart of the Amazon jungle in search of the Waodani, a fierce tribe of warriors completely isolated from civilization. When five of the missionaries are brutually speared by the tribesmen, their families, numb, are left husbandless and fatherless. Undeterred by their loss and spurred on by hope, the families of the victims remain in Ecuador to live among the Waodani as a young boy attempts to unlock the explosive secret of his father’s death.
The true life story of 5 young men: Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Roger Youderian, Peter Fleming, and their pilot, Nate Saint who gave their lives for the Gospel. It also focusses on the families (specifically Nate’s son, Steve Saint) and their unbelievable response to such a senseless tragedy.
So there you have it. Any Christian films you think would work as a comic or graphic novel? Leave a comment, and let me know what you think.