Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life Plays Vital Role in Captive Movie

CaptiveComing to theaters this September is the story of the woman who credited her release from captivity to the influence of Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life on her captor.

Widowed at a young age and at a crossroads both personally and spiritually, Ashley Smith was trying desperately to pick up the pieces of her broken life.  In 2005, God stepped in and changed her life forever when she was held hostage in her apartment by runaway fugitive Brian Nichols. Through Rick Warren's No. 1 best-selling book, Smith found her way back to her faith and helped Nichols find a more peaceful resolution to a harrowing situation.

Based on the book Unlikely Angel by Ashley Smith with Stacy Mattingly, Paramount Pictures' film Captive shares not only the story of Smith and Nichols, but also the powerful message found in The Purpose Driven Life. The movie, which opens in theaters on September 18, 2015, stars David Oyelowo (Selma) and Kate Mara (Fantastic Four, House of Cards).

"The most compelling movies are the true stories that make you want to stand up and cheer," remarked Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life and pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. "Captive will captivate you with the awesome power of the second chance."

Released in 2002, The Purpose Driven Life guides readers on a journey of discovery in search of answers to life's most important question: “What on earth am I here for?”

Five biblical answers are designed to transform readers' outlook on life. Upon the book's release, it simultaneously hit No. 1 on the four major bestseller lists – The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly.

When Smith and Nichols' encounter captured national headlines in March 2005, the book returned to the No. 1 spot. With more than 32 million copies sold worldwide, The Purpose Driven Life is the best-selling non-fiction hardback in history.

"The Purpose Driven Life is so vital to the storyline of Captive that it is somewhat of a third main character, just as important to the film as Smith and Nichols' roles," said producer Terry Botwick.

An immersive social media and online campaign for the movie launched last week, giving fans a chance to answer the questions "What held you captive?" and "How did you find your purpose?" The interactive campaign includes the hashtag #FollowYourPurpose, allowing moviegoers to engage in the surrounding conversation throughout the release of the film.

For additional information about Captive, including the official trailer, visit http://www.captivethemovie.com.

To learn more about the #FollowYourPurpose campaign, go to www.CaptivetheMovie.com/FollowYourPurpose.

By NRB Staff

Published: July 16, 2015

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