With the success of films like Woodlawn, I Can Only Imagine, and Moms Night Out, Jon and Andy Erwin, along with producing partner Kevin Downes, have been inked to a deal by Lionsgate Studios to distribute projects under their new Kingdom banner. The trio is now entrusted with developing, producing, and directing projects that will launch Lionsgate deeper into the faith market.
When their latest film, I Can Only Imagine, grossed $83.5 million via Roadside Attractions (Lionsgate's sister company), it became the company's highest-grossing picture. Joining films like Hacksaw Ridge and The Shack, the continued growth of the faith-based market's success in the general market proved the Erwins' approach to filmmaking was financially lucrative, as well as inspirationally profound.
Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake annonced, “We’re proud to expand our relationship with Andrew, Jon and Kevin through this exciting and collaborative, cross-divisional partnership. This deal underscores our ongoing commitment to serve moviegoers with premium, faith-based content. We look forward to working with the Erwin Brothers and Kevin on film and television projects that resonate not only with the faith-based community but with viewers everywhere.”
By joining Lionsgate, the Erwins and Downes join Paul Feig, Eugenio Derbez, Kevin Hart, Justin Simien, Courtney Kemp, and Ed Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz as part of the company's creative team.
“Our dream for launching Kingdom is to create the most trusted and respected brand in faith-based entertainment," added Jon Erwin. "We needed a partner that would catch that dream with us and Lionsgate is the perfect fit. They aren’t like any other studio we’ve ever worked with and they have a passion to empower creative entrepreneurs. We can’t wait to work together on some exciting new projects.”