Netflix nabs faith-based musical A Week Away
Staff Reporter | On 30, Apr 2020Reading time: 2 mins
Netflix has nabbed the rights to faith-based musical film A Week Away.
The film was born out of an original idea by actor/musician/writer Alan Powell and is directed by Roman White, the Emmy winning filmmaker who has worked on music videos with artists such as Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Antebellum and Carrie Underwood.
Written by Kali Bailey and Alan Powell, it stars Bailee Madison (Hallmark’s The Good Witch), Kevin Quinn (Adventures in Babysitting, BUNK’D), Sherri Shepherd (Ride Along 2) and David Koechner (Anchorman, The Office) and newcomers Jahbril Cook, Kat Conner Sterling, and Iain Tucker.
It follows Will Hawkins (Quinn), a troubled teen who has a run-in with the law that puts him at an important crossroad: go to juvenile detention or attend a Christian summer camp. At first a fish-out-of-water, Will opens his heart, discovers love with a camp regular (Madison), and sense of belonging in the last place he expected to find it.
Powell says: “We made a film designed to entertain while exploring universal themes of family, friendship and acceptance. There is no better time than right now, and no better partner on the planet than Netflix, to help share that message.”
The film features reimagined songs from some of the biggest hits in Contemporary Christian Music history. In addition to these tracks, the film’s music producer, Adam Watts (High School Musical 3, Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert), has penned three new original songs for the film. As songwriter and producer, Watts has contributed to over 50 million albums sold worldwide across mainstream and CCM industries. Watts has also won three Dove Awards and an ASCAP Pop Award. Powell and Cory Clark also worked closely with Watts in writing and producing the music. The original score was created by Benjamin Backus.
The film was shot in Nashville, Tennessee, and does not yet have a release day.