A very small handful of blogs have picked up on this story from Monday (5/17) which appeared — as far as I can tell — only at the Los Angeles Daily News. As I type this, the link has been broken, so I’m going to import some of this from other bloggers who were able to grab the story before the link became unstable…
First from Arts and Faith:
Nearly 30 years after Christian-rock pioneer Keith Green died in a plane crash, his widow and a Hollywood producer have teamed up to bring his story to the big screen in the hope of introducing a new generation to his music. . . .
Melody Green is working with producer Mike Leahy to make a movie version of her book “No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green.”
Leahy has been involved with a number of Hollywood projects over the past 20 years, including “The Prophecy” starring Christopher Walken and “Infinity” directed by Matthew Broderick. But this is the first project for the production company he formed with his wife, Lori, to make films with a spiritual or social message.
They hope to start shooting later this year, and release the film in 2011. . . .
The blog To Be Free fills in more of the missing online article:
One of several Christian rock musicians who lived in the San Fernando Valley in the 1970s, Keith and his wife, Melody, wrote numerous hit songs, but also formed a seven-home community in Woodland Hills where they cared for people in need.
“The stuff he did was breaking all the rules,” said Melody, now an author, composer and speaker who leads Last Days Ministries out of Kansas City, Mo.
“He showed up in flip-flops, blue jeans and suspenders and really kind of revolutionized the music industry by giving away his music for free, loving God, really loving people and telling Christians, `Hey, we’ve got to do what we say we believe.”‘
It turns out however, that one blogger had this story first at the blog, Our Sovereign Joy. That entry is a link to the Last Days Ministries website; the organization Keith started that Melody Green continues. There we read:
Shortly after the plane crash, I knew someday there would be a movie about Keith. I’ve waited for over 25 years for the Lord’s timing — for God to bring producers with the right hearts, the vision and expertise to take Keith’s story to the big screen.
I always had a specific vision for the movie… just as I did when I wrote Keith’s story in No Compromise. I want people to join Keith in his searching years and then track with us together on our journey to faith. It must be authentic — and connect to both the heart and the spirit.
The Screenplay is being written right now – so please pray for it specifically! For the story line, the events shown, and the power of God to be woven into it.
Every film that is taken from a book is much more condensed than the book, so everyone involved needs great and specific guidance…
…This movie is a God-sized job that needs to be bathed in prayer… for wisdom, anointing, divine connections, favor in the industry, the funding that is needed, and much more.
I also need prayer personally, as I know this will be both an exciting and emotionally overwhelming project. I’m already feeling the weight of it…
Continue reading Melody’s letter here… (click on “current prayer needs” under Keith’s picture)
This is a story we’ll continue tracking. Years later, there is no denying the great influence of Keith Green’s life and music. Even this week, as part of a two-hour reconnect with a friend who does worship seminars for churches, I asked the question, “I wonder what Keith Green would think of today’s modern worship industry?”
This movie will no doubt impact many lives, and taking Melody’s suggestion — we should all be praying both for the movie to be a worthy reflection of Keith’s life, but also praying about the role we can play in helping to promote it, especially to a younger generation who never lived through the year’s of Keith Green’s influence.
Do you have a Keith Green story to tell? Click on the comment link and share your story.
Photo: Keith and Melody as new Christians. The book No Compromise was reprinted in 2008 by Thomas Nelson.
UPDATE: Be sure to read a more recent story on this blog describing the 28/28/28 memorial.