Tired of epic Bible films that don’t stay true to the Biblical account? So was Tim Chey, director of ten different films, including his upcoming release, David and Goliath. Opening in theaters on April 3, David and Goliath will join another new Bible production, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s A.D. Miniseries, for an Easter weekend debut.
At a recent press junket, director Tim Chey told Christian Newswire about his deliberate intent to be different than films like Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings. He is making his film 100% Biblically accurate:
"Well first off, I'm not only a director, but also an evangelist," says Chey who has spoken at some of the largest churches in the U.S. and abroad. "So obviously I'm not going to make a film that's Biblically not correct or does not give honor to the Lord."
"There are no rock monsters helping David unfortunately," Chey jokes to the laughter of the reporters. "But kidding aside, I wanted to make a film that will reinvigorate the kind of faith the future King of Israel had.”
Chey’s film recently wrapped principal photography in North Africa and in studios in London. No stranger to foreign locations (he also directed a film called 'Epic Journey' which spanned across 29 countries), Chey wanted to give the story proper treatment. In an interview last year, he told the Christian Post, “Our production company has had this film in the works for almost 11 years. We realized to film it right, we needed to shoot the film on a grand scale (much like "Lawrence of Arabia"). It's one of the most incredible stories in the Bible about faith.”
With that faith message at its core, the film offers an “against all odds” approach as it explores the cruelty of the Philistines, who Goliath was historically, the fear he instilled in the Israelite army (Chey enlisted 7'8" actor Jerry Sokoloski for the role), and the shock of David’s brothers when they realized David would face the giant alone. Though it will include scenes of David fighting the lion and the bear, the goal is not to highlight David’s heroism in this epic battle. Rather, Chey wants to show God’s power. As he says, David was “fighting a giant with a zero percent chance of defeating him outside of God."
Tim Chey is a former atheist who was saved after reading a Gideon’s Bible in a hotel room, and according to him, he never looked back. He has built his directorial career on sharing God’s love and thousands of people have come to know Christ over the last two decades because of his filmmaking. But he also wants those who already know the Lord to be inspired to both faith and action.
Chey told Christian Newswire, “I have a pastor friend who says he doesn't know anyone in his large church who would fight Goliath today. [That’s a] sad testament to the state of our faith today.” Regarding David and Goliath, he told the Christian Post:
I want them to be moved to tears and increase their faith in the true and living God. I want them to stop being lukewarm. To make a stand for God. To slay the demonic giants who beseech us in this life. I want them to leave the theater and say "I will make a stand for the Lord" and tell those giants "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God."
David and Goliath opens in theaters on April 3, 2015.