haroldcronkEXCLUSIVE: Director Harold Cronk, whose God’s Not Dead grossed $62.6M on a budget of only $2M, spawned a sequel and helped prompt PureFlix to open its own distribution arm, has decided on his next picture. It will be the faith-based God Bless the Broken Road, inspired by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band song, and it will be produced through his 10 West Productions along with Great Basin Entertainment and A Really Good Home Pictures.

God Bless the Broken Road will tell the story of a young mother who loses her husband in Afghanistan and is struggling to raise their young daughter in his absence. The song, later covered successfully by Rascal Flatts, talks about finding true love after a lifetime of making the wrong decisions.

The film will combine elements of faith, country music and stock car racing while paying tribute to those who serve our country. To say it’s catering to Middle America — where I grew up on stock car racing, patriotism and faith — is an understatement.

Cronk co-wrote the script with Jennifer Dornbush. Andy Fraser of A Really Good Home Pictures is producing alongside Cronk and 10 West’s Stephen Afendoulis, Dustin Solomon and Edgar Struble.

“I felt it was important to show someone in a crisis of faith in the face of overwhelming loss,” said Cronk.

Filming will take place in Manistee and Grand Rapids, MI, and will include filming at the iconic Berlin Raceway. 10 West Studios will distribute the film with distribution partners and expect a theatrical release fourth-quarter 2016 or first-quarter 2017.

Cronk is a native of West Michigan but began his career in Los Angeles in 2004 as an art director and production designer. Four years later, he moved back to his home state and founded 10 West Studios to focus on family and faith-based content.