Rick Warren Endorses ‘CAPTIVE’ Movie


In 2005, Ashley Smith was trying desperately to pick up the pieces of her broken life. Widowed at a young age and at a crossroads both personally and spiritually, God stepped in and changed her life forever during a harrowing encounter with a runaway fugitive. Through Rick Warren’s No. 1 best-selling book, “The Purpose Driven Life,” Smith found her way back to her faith.

A gripping national news story, Smith’s tale of being held hostage in her Atlanta apartment by fugitive Brian Nichols is now being told in Paramount Pictures’ film, “CAPTIVE,” which opens in theaters on September 18, 2015. Starring David Oyelowo (“SELMA”) and Kate Mara (“FANTASTIC FOUR,” “House of Cards”), the film shares not only the story of Smith and Nichols, but also the powerful message found in “The Purpose Driven Life.”

“The most compelling movies are the true stories that make you want to stand up and cheer,” said Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Life” and pastor of Saddleback Church. “‘CAPTIVE’ will captivate you with the awesome power of the second chance.”

An immersive social media and online campaign for the movie launches today, giving fans a chance to answer the questions “What held you captive?” and “How did you find your purpose?” The interactive campaign will include the #FollowYourPurpose, allowing moviegoers to engage in the surrounding conversation throughout the release of the film. To learn more, go to www.CaptivetheMovie.com/FollowYourPurpose.

“The Purpose Driven Life” guides readers on a journey of discovery in search of answers to life’s most important question: What on earth am I here for? Five biblical answers are designed to transform readers’ outlook on life. Upon the book’s release in 2002, it simultaneously hit No. 1 on the four major bestseller lists – The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Publishers Weekly.

When Smith and Nichols’ encounter captured national headlines in March 2005, the book returned to the No. 1 spot. Having sold more than 32 million copies worldwide, “The Purpose Driven Life” is the best-selling non-fiction hardback in history.

‘The Purpose Driven Life’ is so vital to the storyline of ‘CAPTIVE’ that it is somewhat of a third main character, just as important to the film as Smith and Nichols’ roles,” said Terry Botwick, producer.

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SOURCE: Religion News Service

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