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Heavenquest: A Pilgrim's Progress

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From a press release I received:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Press@Inspire.Buzz
323-379-5180

The Growing Faith-Based Genre Goes Global as Action-Packed Fantasy Film “Heavenquest: A Pilgrim’s Progress”—Featuring a Powerful Cast of International Stars from Asia, Australia, Mexico, and the US—Begins Filming in California

Bolstered by the success of faith-based and inspirational hits in the U.S., King Street Pictures—a production company with domestic and Asian ties—seeks to foster and develop a new global faith audience with an edgy, fantasy adventure film inspired by “The Pilgrim’s Progress”, a 1678 novel by John Bunyan, best-selling fiction author of all time, whose work is widely considered second only to the Bible in Christendom

Cast highlights— South Korean film and television legend In Pyo Cha (LAUREL TREE TAILORS, CROSSING, MOKPO GANGSTER’S PARADISE, SEOUL SEARCHING), Karyme Lozano from Mexico (Televisa’s QUIERO AMARTE, FOR GREATER GLORY: THE TRUE STORY OF CRISTIADA), Peta Sergeant from Australia (CW’s THE ORIGINALS and ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND), Ricky Kim from South Korea (SBS’ OH! MY BABY), and Fernanda Romero from Mexico (400 DAYS and THE EYE), and including Americans Alan Powell (THE SONG, lead singer of Christian group Anthem Lights) and introducing Patrick Thompson with Matt Bilen making his directorial debut alongside Producers Dan Mark and David Kang and Executive Producers In Pyo Cha, Ricky Kim and Darren Wilson (FATHER OF LIGHTS, FURIOUS LOVE, HOLY GHOST)

(LOS ANGELES, CA—July 11, 2017) Heavenquest: A Pilgrim’s Progress, a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking new faith-based fantasy adventure film, has officially started production in Los Angeles and Redding, California. The film, inspired by John Bunyan’s iconic 1678 novel The Pilgrim’s Progress, which is second only to the Bible itself in global Christianity, brings together a powerful cast of well-known U.S. faith-based actors, and international film and television stars, including South Korean legend Cha In Pyo. As the best selling fictional author of all time, John Bunyan and his masterpiece The Pilgrim’s Progress is known in virtually every corner of the globe. 

“With this film, we’re trying to break new ground in the faith-based genre. It’s dirt-under-the-fingernails, action-packed, grittier, more stylistic, and more cinematic than what audiences have seen previously. Our cast is diverse, representing faith around the globe. We think this unique combination is the ‘next step’ faithful moviegoers have been looking for, said Director Matt Bilen. “We’ve wanted to make Heavenquest for so many years, I can’t tell you what a thrill it is to be on set making this incredible epic brought to life.

“The Heavenquest team has long believed that while the success of faith based and faith inspired stories in the U.S. is exciting, this powerful genre can and should have a life far beyond just the U.S. market.  The international market for faith based films is relatively untapped and full of potential.  As we have traveled the world, especially Asia, we have seen the strong demand for such content amongst Christians abroad, and we believe the next generation faith films should be designed to engage all of those audiences worldwide,” said Dan Mark, Producer and Principal of King Street Pictures. “We believe our modern, edgy retelling of this classic story with a diverse international cast is going to pioneer new markets for faith based content abroad and will capture the imagination of audiences worldwide, especially in Asia.  So we are incredibly honored and blessed to have the esteemed In Pyo Cha in our cast and as our Executive Producer.  We couldn’t have asked for a better creative partner to see this vision come to life on screen.”   

Pilgrim’s Progress has been translated in 200 languages in last 3 centuries, making it the second most read faith book after the Bible. 

Film Synopsis: King Street Pictures proudly presents an epic new fantasy adventure film inspired by the world of John Bunyan’s classic tale “The Pilgrim’s Progress.”  In a war between the Northern and Southern Kingdoms of Eos, a regal man named Vangel is thrust on a journey against his will when he is suddenly and mysteriously arrested.  Brought before the Southern King and sentenced to death, Vangel escapes a chain gang and flees for the North. Armed with a book called the Record of the Ancients that he receives from a wise sage, Vangel embarks on an adventure that takes him through haunted forests, dark swamps, and enchanted mountains while being hunted all the while by the Southern King’s men in hot pursuit.  Along the way, mysterious travel companions with special giftings arise and assist him on the journey, sharing about a fabled good king and pushing him onwards towards the Wicket Gate, the gateway to the North, while enemies lurk at every corner trying to derail him from his path.

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NBooth   

"Faith-based genre"?

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BethR   

Wow, some distortion of the source material. The Wicket Gate is just the beginning (conversion) of Christian's journey. Huh.

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NBooth   
54 minutes ago, BethR said:

Wow, some distortion of the source material. The Wicket Gate is just the beginning (conversion) of Christian's journey. Huh.

Maybe this is the first movie in the Pilgrim's Progress Cinematic Universe.

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BethR   
1 hour ago, NBooth said:

Maybe this is the first movie in the Pilgrim's Progress Cinematic Universe.

That's probably it. Yeah.

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