"The Shack", based on Wm. Paul Young's New York Times best-selling book, opens in theatres nationwide on Friday, March 3rd. To celebrate the new film, the studio is offering fans an exclusive in-theatre experience, called 'Movie Premiere Night.' Taking place on Thursday night, March 2nd, moviegoers in cities around the country, will be the first to see "The Shack" in theatres, followed by a 20-minute video hosted by radio personality Delilah that features interviews with the movie's cast, including Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures, The Help); Sam Worthington (Avatar, Hacksaw Ridge), Grammy Award winner Tim McGraw (The Blind Side), an acoustic performance by chart topping country duo Dan + Shay, and a conversation between Delilah and Wm. Paul Young. Hundreds of 'Movie Premiere Night' events will take place in major cities around the U.S. to kick off opening weekend, and many churches are buying out theaters.
Produced by world class filmmaker Gil Netter (Life of Pi and The Blind Side), "The Shack" trailer has been viewed by over 27 million people on Facebook alone.
"Premiere night is the perfect opportunity as a church to receive the message of 'The Shack' and then shepherd the message of forgiveness, love of God and healing to our communities," said Pastor Sam Rodriguez, president of National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. "If you've ever been through something in life and asked God why, this message is for you."
"Our prayerful and financial support of events like 'The Shack' premiere night help to ensure that God's message is heard to the ends of the earth," said Maureen Crowley Heil of the Pontifical Mission Societies, Archdiocese of Boston.
"People are REALLY excited about this movie," said Paul Lauer, CEO & President at Motive Entertainment, which has been conducting leader screenings of 'The Shack' nationwide. "We are seeing amazing support from faith leaders of all denominations - in fact, over 1,300 endorsements can be seen at theshackendorsements.com. 'The Shack' connects with people no matter where they are in their faith-including those with no faith."
What People Are Saying About "The Shack":
"'The Shack' is a gift."
- Dr. Jamal Bryant, Empowerment Temple, Baltimore
"Far beyond a Movie... Inspiring, Heartfelt, Meaningful."
- Rita Cosby, Emmy-Winning TV/Radio Host
- The Crouch Family, TBN
"I want to KNOW God like that! Powerful."
- Chip Gaines, Host of HGTV's "Fixer Upper"
"Will move your heart and challenge your soul!"
- Lisa Hendey, CatholicMom.com
"Hollywood finally got it right! "
- Bishop IV Hilliard, Houston TX
"Deeply moving and inspiring."
- Joel Houston, Hillsong United
"An amazing piece of work."
- Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press
"This film will surprise people. Its power comes from the simplicity and genuineness of the story."
- Jeff Nesbit, US News and World Report
"A cinematic poem!"
- Sr. Rose Pacatte, Pauline Center for Media Studies
"There has never been a film that has captured these questions better."
- Pastor Sam Rodriguez, President National Hispanic Christian Leadership Coalition
"Profound and creative."
- Dick Rolfe, Co-Founder & CEO of The Dove Foundation
"It was incredible."
- Michael W. Smith, Grammy-Award Winning, Platinum-selling music artist
"Has the power to heal pain and renew faith unlike anything I have ever experienced."
- Tom Tradup, Salem Radio Network
"An amazing production."
- Geoff Tunnicliffe, Former Head of World Evangelical Alliance
"The film will do a lot to point a world desperately looking for answers to a God who loves and cares."
- Bob Waliszewski, Plugged In (Focus on the Family)