The people behind the faith-based film “God’s Not Dead” might want to start praying.
Pure Flix Entertainment and its co-founder, David A.R.White, have just been slapped with a lawsuit over the 2014 hit — and the plaintiffs are asking for an ungodly sum.
In the lawsuit, filed in federal court in California on Monday, screenwriters Kelly Monroe Kullberg and Michael Landon Jr. claim that “God’s Not Dead” is a ripoff of their screenplay “Rise.”
There are enough similarities, they claim, to make this a worthwhile case.
According to the suit, “God’s Not Dead” has drawn in more than $140 million worldwide, and Kullberg and Landon are looking for the lion’s share of it, seeking “an amount exceeding $100 million.”
My CFI group has a movie day every month and this was one of the films we heckled. It’s really terrible. It’s ranked 15% on Rotten Tomatoes on the critics’ side, but 77% by audience voters.
The atheist professor apparently hates God because of a family tragedy and the student in the film winds up taking over the philosophy class to prove God exists and goes through the same tired arguments everyone’s used before that don’t prove shit. The end of the film ends at a Hillsong concert (really, could be a movie length plug for Hillsong) where he’s been struck by a car and lays dying and rather than anyone calling an ambulance, people just pray over him. Thanks. That’s helpful. Sure. Saving my soul. I’d rather get medical aid while it’s still worth a try…
The sequel was released April 1st and is probably just as foolish as the first one. (10% and 63%).