As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke…make a sequel”.
These days, it doesn’t take much for a movie to get another installment, just take The Huntsmen: Winters War or TMNT: Out of the Shadows. The same philosophy applies to Christian films, unfortunately. In this year alone we’ve seen the release of God’s Not Dead 2 and Mel Gibson has announced his intention to continue The Passion of the Christ. Over at Relevant Magazine, Jesse Carey decided to poke fun at the trend by suggesting comical sequels to Christian movies, and we couldn’t help but add a few of our own. Hope you’ve brought your popcorn, because here are 5 Christian movies that desperately need sequels!
Left Behind: Road Trip
Let’s face it, even Christians have gotten bored with the Left Behind series. So instead of revisiting the same apocalyptic doom and gloom, why not have a little fun with the next installment? Road Trip would put aside the Tribulation Force and center on a group of lovable, heathen misfits who embark on a cross-country journey to Ken Ham’s Creation Museum. Hijinks ensue along the way, as the members reflect on their sinful lifestyles, outrun roving bands of atheists, and find sanctuary in the last functioning Chick-fil-A. Whoever said the end of the world can’t be funny?
Ten Commandments 2: I Thought These Were Pretty Clear
“The 1956 religious masterpiece The Ten Commandments recounts the life of Moses, from his dramatic rescue as an infant to ascending Mount Sinai to receiving the Ten Commandments of divine law from God Himself. The sequel can really depict any event in human history, showing how clearly, people can have trouble grasping extremely simple moral concepts. Thankfully, there’s grace, because, a few thousand years later, people still aren’t doing a great job keeping these commandments—which again, seem to be spelled out pretty clearly.”
War Room: Delta Squad
If War Room taught us anything, it’s that prayer is the key to winning life’s battles against temptation. On the other hand, Captain America: Civil War demonstrated how movies are better when you add more characters and lots of explosions. War Room: Delta Squad would see the return of Miss Clara as she assembles an elite team of youth leaders trained in the art of spiritual warfare. You’d have Peter, the guitar-strumming worship leader who’s talented, but proud. Stacy, a Sunday school volunteer and master of felt boards, and finally Luke, whose knowledge of ancient Hebrew hides a dark secret.
Toss in Kevin Sorbo as the main villain and this script practically writes itself!
The Slightly Less Young Messiah
“This one is easy. Is there a more obvious sequel than a follow-up to The Young Messiah? This spring’s adaptation of Anne Rice’s novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt imagines the life of a 7-year-old Jesus, as He comes to terms with His calling as He returns to Nazareth from Egypt. This one is just made to be a franchise. The sequel, The Slightly Less Young Messiah, can just pick up where the first left off at age eight.”
“Then, An Even Less Young Messiah can tell the story of Jesus at age nine, followed by A Messiah That’s Still Pretty Young which will tell the story of age 10. You get the picture. By our count, the studio can easily make 26 more of these.”
Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas 2: Take That, “Happy Holidays”
Kirk Cameron made only one mistake in his fateful Christmas special. No, it wasn’t the impromptu dance party, or his apparent addiction to hot chocolate, or that comment about serving “the richest butter” (not all of us can have dairy, Kirk!). No, the blame for everything lies with the poster. Audiences came to theaters expecting a comical, Christmas romp, and got something quite different instead. This holiday season, why not give the people what they want?
Make a film where Cameron breaks into Starbucks and writes “Merry Christmas” over every coffee cup, or lectures pagans on the symbolism of the Christmas tree before beating them down with an oversized candy cane. With the original currently holding a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, the franchise really has nowhere to go but up.