Lionsgate Acquires the Rights to ‘Machine Gun Preacher’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:15 pm,

In a press release yesterday, Lionsgate announced that it had acquired the distribution rights to Machine Gun Preacher, the new film from director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace).

Machine Gun Preacher is the true story of Reverend Sam Childers, a former gang biker who reforms his ways, becomes a pastor, and establishes an orphanage in war-torn Sudan. Earning the nickname Machine Gun Preacher, Childers became famous for leading armed missions into hostile territory to rescue orphans.

In the movie, Sam Childers will be played by Gerard Butler. Childers’ wife Lynn, who co-founded the Angels of East Africa orphanage, will be played by Michelle Monaghan. The film is the first collaboration between Lionsgate and Forster since Monster’s Ball in 2001.

This is the first time I’ve heard of Rev. Childers, but I can already see how his life would make for a compelling movie. The violence and brutality that has raged in Sudan for decades is one of the world’s greatest tragedies. To hear of someone like Rev. Childers willingly risking his own life to take a stand against that violence is inspiring to say the least.

machine gun preacher Lionsgate Acquires the Rights to Machine Gun Preacher

I have admired Gerard Butler since 300, and I’m glad that he’s associated with this film. While he’s been tied to too many banal romantic comedies for my liking, he’s still one of Hollywood’s better tough guy actors and I think he has the right skills to handle the dramatic components of the story. I also enjoy Michelle Monaghan’s work and Marc Forster has proven himself to be a solid director in both dramas and action movies, so that also bodes well for the film.

I’m interested to learn more about Rev. Childers’ story before the movie comes out. I’ll have to check out his autobiography, Another Man’s War: The True Story of One Man’s Battle to Save Children in the Sudan.

If anyone here has read it, please feel free to leave a comment on this post letting us know what you think. I’m especially interested to see if people familiar with Rev. Childers think that Gerard Butler is the right guy for this part.

Machine Gun Preacher will begin filming on July 5th in Detroit and South Africa with an anticipated release date in Fall 2011.

Source: Lionsgate Press Release

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  1. Ive never heard him before your article, but am sure to do some digging on it now. Thanks!
    I thought Butler was a has-been before he really got a chance to flourish simply because of his lousy choosing of roles. Maybe he can redeem himself with this one.

  2. I’m with Rob on this one I’m a fan of Butlers’ since 300, I enjoy his movies, even the chick flicks. I’ve never heard of Sam Childers before but the story is very intriguing and you’ll definately see me in the theater the day it opens.

  3. I heard the Childer’s story way back when I first read about G. Butler’s involvement in the movie. The story is a compelling one and I heartily agree, I think Gerry is an excellent choice for the role.

    My opinion is that I love him in the romantic comedies, but the scripts have been so blah. If only he could have the opportunity, he would wow us in them like he does as an action hero. Look at Gamer – a mess of a script, but no denying he was excellent in it.

    Thanks for the article and the exciting update!

    • My favorite movie with him aside from 300, was Law Abiding Citizen 😀

      • rockNrolla. hands down my favorite butler movie.

  4. I am so excited to see this film. I have been researching many inspiring films, and I have found several faith based movies recently released or soon to be, but this one is by far , seemly the most interesting film to see!
    I have enjoyed watching Gerard Butlers film career, and am very pleased to see him take on a powerful, inspirational movie as this.
    Thank you,

  5. I’m a widow & first learned of Gerard Butler in P.S. I Love You. In following his career I learned of the movie Machine Gun Preacher. I read the book Another Man’s War and gave 5 copies to friend’s. More content in the book but I still want to see the movie. I’d like to know how they chose Gerard Butler for the part. Why is the film on limited release? I live in the country in southern Texas. I’ve seen trailers of the movie and would love to see it. I’m hoping there will be a second release to more theaters. Obviously I loved the book as I gave so many copies to friends. At times it was hard to read the horrific stories of the children and I had to switch to something different. Truly amazing what God did in Sam’s life and how one person can make a difference. I hope to see and own the movie.