Netflix has acquired global rights to the faith-friendly musical A Week Away, starring 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), as well as newcomers Jahbril Cook, Kat Conner Sterling, and Iain Tucker.
A Week Away was directed by Roman White, who has been nominated for 11 Emmy awards and has taken home three, in addition to winning an MTV Music Video Award for his work with artists such as Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Antebellum and Carrie Underwood.
With a screenplay by Kali Bailey and Alan Powell, the film was out of an original idea by Powell.
In the movie, troubled teen Will Hawkins (Quinn) 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.
A Week Away was produced by Steve Barnett, Alan Powell, and Gabe Vasquez. The executive producer is Vicky Patel, the co-executive producer is Corby Pons, the co-producer is Roman White, and associate producer is Bailee Madison.
The movie features choreography by Paul Becker (Descendants, Adventures in Babysitting) and Melena Rounis.
Alan Powell said: “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.”
Steve Barnett added: “We are grateful for the hard work by everyone involved in A Week Away and very proud of the film we made together. We couldn’t be more excited that the film will have the opportunity to put a smile on millions of faces.”
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.
A Week Away will join Netflix’s growing slate of live-action family films featuring kids and teens, which includes the 2019 comedy Tall Girl, directed by Nzingha Stewart (Little Fires Everywhere, Grey’s Anatomy).
For 2020, Netflix has The Main Event, directed by Jay Karas (Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife, Break Point) and produced in partnership with WWE Studios; Feel the Beat, directed by Elissa Down (The Honor List) and starring Sofia Carson; The Sleepover, directed by Trish Sie (Pitch Perfect, Step Up All In); and Finding Ohana, directed by Jude Weng (Fresh Off the Boat, The Good Place).