Hillsong UNITED's "Let Hope Arise" Movie is Cancelled

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One of the most anticipated movies this year is Hillsong's documentary movie "Let Hope Arise." The film, originally slated for release Easter 2015, was dropped by Warner Brothers following some difficulties in rights negotiation. Relativity Media acquired the project in March, eventually announcing a September 30 release date for the project. However, the news has broken that Relativity had to drop the film as well due to impending bankruptcy. 

For now, the rights to the film have defaulted back to its producers. The film was produced as a partnership between Cantinas Entertainment, Grace Hill Media and MediaWeaver Entertainment. The status of the movie is currently in a state of limbo. 

The documentary movie is supposed to trace the rise of the band and its uplifting story of love, faith, struggle and perseverance. Hillsong UNITED began in 1998 as a pastime for youth at church and has since grown into a global sensation.

"The only thing that matters about our story is that everything that we do represents the heart of God," said Joel Houston, who leads the Dove Award-winning band. "I believe that God created music for the soul purpose to connect the human heart, our soul with Heaven."

Houston is among 11 band members who are a mix of volunteers and employees of Hillsong, including worship leader Taya Smith, who shares her emotional testimony in the exciting trailer.

"Music has always been something that connects me to God straight away and I realize, who am I to, like, lead these people? I'm just a country girl," a teary-eyed Smith said.




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