COVID 19 UPDATE 2021
IN 2020 COVID TAUGHT US TO LOOK AT THINGS DIFFRENTLY
UPDATE JANUARY 2021
Theres a lot of hype around the beginning of 2021 with the rumour drums banging again for Machine Gun Preacher 2.
With COVID -19.... things have been slowed down some what - we will have to wait out the current virus situation as 2021 was looking like a pretty good year for a possible production start - unfortunately things have been set back - till what date you may ask - we cannot say 100% at this stage. With COVID maybe 2023 production???
In 2011 the Machine Gun Preacher (MGP) movie was released. It didn’t do terribly well at the box office, although it picked up very credible sales on DVD, rentals, and on online sales. In later days it has become a bit of a cult style movie.
Sam Childers, on whom the movie is based, is also affectionately known as the Machine Gun Preacher. He became an international celebrity overnight with television networks, in print and online media organizations around the world wanting to do stories about his life - along with wanting to know more about Gerard Butler, who played Childers in the first MGP movie.
UPDATE DECEMBER 2020
Machine Gun Preacher - Sam Childers is about to tour the USA for his first speaking tour of 2021. (SEE HERE)
Sam should have more news about what is happening with MGP 2 (The Last Rescue). Maybe go out to one of his events
COVID has slowed MGP Story-boarding down but not Sam Childers as he still is keeping things very much alive on the ground in East Africa. Check out the facebook.com/mgp page for what's happening
2022/3 looks set to be the year that Machine Gun Preacher ll will start filming. No release date has yet been set.
Rumour has it that the actor to play Sam Childers is on a fairly busy schedule - and so is the REAL Sam Childers. Sam has become a sought after speaker around the world and is in huge demand. Everyone at the MGP office in Pennsylvania is pretty tight-lipped about the new movie venture.
As far as the director, we are thinking it won’t be Marc Forster and Jason Keller won’t be the script master on this one. We do know that there is an Australian and British connection - maybe there is a clue here.
The Last Rescue
"Fact or Fiction"
WHAT'S THE STORY LINE
We are told that the movie is Childers "Last Rescue" before he hung up his guns in South Sudan - although anyone that knows Childers will tell you he'll never hang his guns up.
Apparently it's based on a true story (Rescue) and he brings out some of his old school friends to help him do his "Last Rescue".
We can also safely say that the story is set in Uganda, South Sudan and the Democratic Congo (DCR). It'll actually be filmed in some of the areas where Childers battled rebel leader Joseph Kony and his LRA militias.
Most of the actual movie is said to be filmed in Uganda and Childers' hometown area in Central City Pennsylvania.
The question on everyone's mind is: Who will play Sam Childers in the New Machine Gun Preacher?
Rumours tell us that Gerard Butler has been approached but then again so have some other well known male characters that are also able to grow a mutton chop beard on their face.
We also understand that the script was ghost written by a recognised writer and that Childers had a good say as to what the film would stand for.
We asked Sam Childers about the film and he seemed a little tight-lipped, although he did tell us that we are in discussions with some large players in the industry. We believe that to be in Hollywood and also the UK - Hmmmmm that could be a clue to the actor maybe?
A SCRIPT HAS BEEN REGISTERED WITH THE WRITER's GUILD
Sam Childers created a lot of media attention not too long ago with
his own Reality TV show - Check out the trailer above.
SO WHO ARE THE CO-STARS
Well we cannot say for sure although we have been told from an extremely reliable source that Michael Shannon (Michael played Childers' best friend who died of a drug overdose in the first movie.
Childers and Michael are good friends in real life and Michael has gone out of his way many times to help Childers and his Angels of East Africa team on projects in Eastern Africa.
Childers has called in a few favours from friends in Hollywood to get this over the line although we've also heard of connections in Georgia and Texas that have got copies of the script and are also keen to be involved in the film project.