Apparently it just occurred to someone involved with the upcoming Hillsong United concert movie that releasing a “faith-based” film on Good Friday — a day when many people are remembering the death of Jesus with solemn church services and the like — might not have been the wisest thing. Or maybe they’re just trying to get out of the path of Fast & Furious 7 and the Nicholas Sparks romance The Longest Ride, which are also set to come out that day. In any case, Deadline reports that the release date has been moved back from April 3 to April 1, i.e. the Wednesday before the Easter weekend. In this, the film is following in the footsteps of Heaven Is for Real, which was released on the Wednesday before Easter this year.
Hillsong United documentary tweaks its Easter release date
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Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).