LITTLE ROCK — Producers of the “God’s Not Dead” movie series presented a $25,000 donation Thursday to the effort to replace a Ten Commandments monument that was destroyed when a driver crashed his car into it on the state Capitol grounds.


The leader of the fund drive, state Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Bigelow, said more than $55,000 has been raised and said he hopes the new monument will have barricades around it to prevent another similar act of destruction.


Rapert also announced that “God’s Not Dead 3” will begin filming in Little Rock in the fall, two years after “God’s Not Dead 2” was filmed in the capital city.


Representatives of Pure Flix Entertainment and GND Media Group presented the donation during a news conference at the state Capitol. Troy Duhon of GND Media Group said he was “blown away” when he read about the monument’s destruction and that he called Gov. Asa Hutchinson to offer to help build a new monument and make it more secure.


“The Ten Commandments really mean something,” he said.


Rapert said the group he founded to raise money for the original monument, the American History and Heritage Foundation, is now conducting an open-ended fund drive. Money it receives in excess of what it needs to replace the Ten Commandments monument will go to install similar monuments in other cities and “In God We Trust” markers in Arkansas schools, he said.


In 2015, the state Legislature and Gov. Asa Hutchinson approved legislation by Rapert authorizing the installation of a Ten Commandments monument on Capitol grounds at private expense.


A 6-foot tall granite monument engraved with the Ten Commandments was installed just southwest of the Capitol building June 27. It was destroyed early the next day.


Michael Tate Reed II, 32, of Van Buren was arrested in the incident and faces charges of defacing an object of public interest and first-degree criminal mischief, both felonies, and trespassing on state Capitol grounds, a misdemeanor.


The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas has said a state-approved Ten Commandments monument on Capitol grounds would be an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion and that it would sue to have such a monument removed.


Rapert has said the purpose of the monument is to honor the historical moral foundation of the legal system.