NASHVILLE – A top Hollywood studio executive has called on Christians to focus on producing real, well-written, true-to-life stories to really capture the attention of the entertainment industry.
“I absolutely believe that a lot of times, when it comes to faith-based content, we portray sometimes the ideal of what we believe,” DeVon Franklin, senior vice president of Production for Columbia Tristar Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, said during a panel on Christian engagement with the media, at the National Religious Broadcasters’ International Christian Media Convention on Monday.
“We all have gone through tragedy, we all have gone through trauma, some of us are in pain right now – because life is not where we want it to be. Some of us are depressed, some of us are angry, some of us are frustrated, some of us have lost some loved ones, we all have gone through massive things that have happened to us.”
Franklin, who oversaw notable films like “Sparkle,” starring Whitney Houston in her last on-screen role, as well as “The Karate Kid” remake, and “The Pursuit of Happyness,” and who is now helping with the upcoming film “Heaven is for Real,” said Christians need to get beyond the points that divide them.
“If we aren’t united, we will continue to see little blips on the radar, but fail to make a significant impact,” he stressed.
Although Christians are making strides this year with a lot of content coming out in theaters, including “Son of God” this week, “Noah” in March and “Heaven is for Real” in April, there is still a lot of work to be done to really engage the entertainment industry, he said.