Faith-based film smacks down action-hero legend at box office over Fourth of July weekend in the United States, but surprisingly that is not the big story.
Sound of Freedom, a film revealing the dark truth about child-sex trafficking out-performed all expectations and outpaced Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, but because of Disney, the movie almost never saw the light of day.
It was a David-and-Goliath weekend with Indiana Jones packed full of Hollywood’s biggest stars and a whopping $295 million dollar budget vs. Sound of Freedom, their mere $14.5 million dollar budget, but the fight to get this movie into theaters was bigger than most people know.
Sound of Freedom was originally filmed five years ago in 2018. It tells the life story of Tim Ballard — a former special agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Tim founded Operation Underground Railroad, an organization that works to prevent the sex trafficking of children and the movie follows Tim’s daring journey to save the lives of children being sold into sexual slavery. This is obviously a great story, the movie didn’t cost a lot to make compared to other big movies, and made a lot of money at the box office, so why would anyone not want to release it?
The shocking story is not how this blockbuster movie took down top performers at the box office over the weekend, but how Disney and Fox sat on it for five years almost ensuring its cinematic death before it was ever released.
Jordan Harmon, President of Angel Studios, known for producing The Chosen and now releasing Sound of Freedom, reveals the shocking details about how The Walt Disney Company shelved Sound of Freedom after they obtained the rights in their merger with Fox. Their actions should raise some serious alarm bells.
“This film has been through the ringer,” Jordan Harmon shares. “It was originally done by… Fox was going to be the distributor back in the day… then Disney buys Fox and for whatever reason Disney shelves it.”
This begs many questions about Disney and their new aggressive stance in support of a militant version of the LGBTQ movement. After five long years, it seems that Disney had no desire to ever let this movie see the light of day. It took the directing team and Angel Studios over a year to forcefully wrangle the rights away from Disney and Fox to release a film that was already made.
Despite the long five year arduous journey the film has taken to make it to theaters, Harmon believes that it was all a part of God’s plan. “To me this is perfect timing,” he said. “I do believe if this movie would come out earlier I don’t think the audience was ready. Right now, there is unfortunately, there’s advertisement for this film, but on the wrong side. Every day there is these atrocities happening on the news everywhere. Children trafficked. Sexually abused children all over.”
To learn more about Tim Ballard and Operation Underground Railroad, click here.