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Best-selling Francine Rivers novel set for big screen adaptation with D.J. Caruso directing

Abigail Cowen, Tom Lewis, Logan Marshall Green, Famke Janseen, Nina Dobrev and Eric Dane star in Francine River’s Timeless Love Story

Produced by Nthibah Pictures, Pure Flix Entertainment, Mission Pictures International

Nationwide Theatrical Release Set for Spring 2021

REDEEMING LOVE, a big screen adaptation of Francine Rivers’ best-selling novel, has been announced as a theatrical release nationwide for spring 2021.

Directed by D.J. Caruso (xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE), the film boasts an ensemble cast of Abigail Cowen (FATE: THE WINX SAGA, I STILL BELIEVE, SABRINA), Tom Lewis (GENTLEMAN JACK), Logan Marshall Green(UPGRADE, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING), Famke Janssen (X-MEN, TAKEN), Nina Dobrev (xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE, VAMPIRE DIARIES) and Eric Dane (GREY’S ANATOMY, THE LAST SHIP, X-MEN).

Principal photography completed in March, where production transformed Cape Town, South Africa into California and Boston during the Gold Rush Era of the 1850’s.

The film is based on the novel Redeeming Love, which has remained on multiple fiction best-seller lists for over 15 years, sold over three million copies, and has been published in more than 30 languages.

COPYRIGHT 2020 REDEEMING LOVE HOLDING LLC. All Rights Reserved. Photo of Abigail Cowen as “Angel” in the motion picture Redeeming Love.

Francine Rivers, the New York Times best-selling author of over 30 books, who co-wrote the screenplay with director D.J. Caruso shares her excitement to see the story come to the big screen. “This is a dream come true, not just for me, but for so many who have been asking when Redeeming Love would become a movie,” says Rivers. “I am delighted that we recently completed production with an amazing director and cast. I can’t wait to see it on the big screen early next year.”

Director Caruso admits that when his wife introduced him to the novel, he immediately felt the passion and vision to make a great film and to write these complex and dynamic characters with Rivers. “While many are victims of horrible circumstances that will haunt them forever, some characters are able to overcome the pain, the sorrow and the brutality to discover how remarkable they truly are,” states Caruso. “Angel’s journey reminds us that healing happens through love and acceptance, never through judgment or force.”

Caruso’s directing credits include xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE (Vin Diesel), EAGLE EYE (Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Billy Bob Thornton), I AM NUMBER FOUR (Alex Pettyfer), DISTURBIA (Shia LaBeouf) and the upcoming xXx 4.

REDEEMING LOVE is produced by Cindy Bond, through her Mission Pictures International label; Simon Swart and Wayne Fitzjohn, through their Nthibah Pictures production banner; and Michael Scott, David A.R. White and Brittany Yost for Pure Flix Entertainment. The executive producers are Francine Rivers and Roma Downey through LightWorkers.

The film will mark the second collaboration in two years between Cindy Bond and Simon Swart, who produced the immensely successful inspirational film, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE. Michael Scott and David A.R. White are founding partners of Pure Flix Entertainment, the leading independent faith and family studio in the world.

REDEEMING LOVE is a powerful and contemporary retelling of the biblical book of Hosea. The timeless love story takes place against the romantic backdrop of the California Gold Rush of 1850. The story centers on Angel (Cowen), whowas sold into prostitution as a child. She has survived through hatred and self-loathing, until she meets Michael Hosea (Lewis) and discovers there is no brokenness that love can’t heal. The story reflects the redemptive power of unconditional and sacrificial love with characters and circumstances relevant to the contemporary world.

Producer Cindy Bond believes the film will deliver the transformational message that hope and love can overcome even the darkest of times. “Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love is iconic. It is the most romantic and meaningful story I’ve ever read,” says Bond. “Powerfully brought to life by D.J.’s incredible creative vision and passion, this is a story that will move the hearts of all audiences for many years to come.  We are honored to be producing this beautiful love letter of a film for such a time as this.”

Francine Rivers is represented by Browne & Miller Literary Associates and IPG.

D.J. Caruso, Logan Marshall-Green, Nina Dobrev, and Eric Dane are represented by CAA.  Abigail Cowen is represented by Paradigm and LINK Entertainment.Tom Lewis is represented by Independent Talent. Famke Janssen is represented by ICM Partners.

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