As VP of production for Columbia/Sony Pictures, Devon Franklin is the man responsible for the blockbusters The Pursuit of Happyness, Hancock, and The Karate Kid remake. His latest film Jumping The Broom blends romantic comedy with spirituality, a theme Franklin says resonates now more than ever with moviegoers.
“I do think that, in general, when you look at what’s going on in the world and where kind of how things are,” he said in our @mediabeat interview, “people are looking to go to the theater and find hope, and to get inspired, and to be encouraged. And I think that when you have faith in a film, and you do it right, it can do that.”
Franklin also expressed some disappointment in Spike Lee’s longstanding criticism of Tyler Perry. (In case you missed it, Perry recently bit back, telling Lee he can “go to hell.”)
“There is room for everyone — for Tyler, for Spike. I mean, there’s room for all different types of filmmakers and all different types of filmmakers of color. Our experience is incredibly rich and diverse, so why would we allow ourselves to be subject to a dialogue that doesn’t represent that?” he said. “Would you ever say, ‘Hey, I’m going to see the Jerry Bruckheimer movie over going to see the Brian Grazer movie’? No. It doesn’t even make sense.”