God’s Not Dead Producers Facing $100M Lawsuit
Ryan DuncanCrosswalk.com blogspot for ChristianMovieReviews.com and Ryan Duncan, Crosswalk.com Entertainment and Culture editor
- 2016 Jun 08
The inspirational Christian film which captured the hearts of millions is once again making headlines, but the news is far from encouraging. According to a recent post from The Hollywood Reporter, the makers of God’s Not Dead are facing a massive copyright lawsuit filed Monday in a California federal court. Screenwriter Kelly Kullberg has accused Pure Flix of lifting the plot and characters of her screenplay, Risen, which allegedly went on to be rebranded as the successful God’s Not Dead. The Hollywood Reporter elaborates by stating,
“Kullberg says it's clear how Pure Flix got her story, but the others involved might not have realized what they were doing. First, she described her story to Woody White, the president of a faith-based group at Harvard, hoping he might invest in the project. Then, according to the lawsuit, White was so excited about Rise that he passed the information on to Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission. Next, Baehr discussed the plot with God's Not Dead actor-producer White at a time when Pure Flix was working to develop a Christian apologetic project but struggling to conceive a story.”
If found guilty, Pure Flix Entertainment and David A.R. White could be liable for almost $100 million in damages. As of this moment, neither Pure Flix nor White have issued a statement on the lawsuit.