July 30, 2007

WHAT HOLLYWOOD CAN TEACH LOU DOBBS:

Filmmakers put their faith in the Gospel: Producer Jeff Clanagan and 20th Century Fox are teaming up to make several movies for the Christian market. (Lorenza Muñoz, July 30, 2007, Los Angeles Times)

Jeff Clanagan wants to ride Tyler Perry's coattails.

So does 20th Century Fox.

They are pairing up to make several Gospel-inspired films that are much like the ones that have made Perry a sensation. Perry, a 37-year-old producer, writer, director and star, has shown Hollywood the gold to be mined from Gospel-infused entertainment.

Fox and Clanagan are pinning their initial hopes on a movie version of the popular play "Mama I Want to Sing." Scheduled to come out in March, starring R&B singers Ciara and Patty LaBelle, "Mama" is the first of several films that Clanagan will make under a deal with Fox Home Entertainment division FoxFaith.

Clanagan's goal is to build a full-fledged studio that makes, markets and distributes theatrical movies for African American and Latino audiences. His company, Codeblack Entertainment, already has seen success by making an eclectic group of low-budget movies and distributing them on DVD, such as Steve Harvey's comedy series. He's made a couple of faith-based films on DVD, including "Preaching to the Choir."

"These movies are not really recognized by the Hollywood elite," Clanagan said. " 'Mama' takes it to another level."

After "Mama," Clanagan will release "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," which has grossed $10 million as a stage play. Clanagan will begin production on several faith-inspired novels by ReShonda Tate Billingsley, such as "Let the Church Say Amen" and "Blessings in Disguise."

"Tyler was a pioneer in showing that gospel entertainment was more commercial than anyone had ever thought," Clanagan said. "Faith-based product will be our bread and butter."


What, no leprosy movies?

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 30, 2007 9:25 AM
Comments

Any Christian movie that will have Crunk's biggest star (Ciara) singing in it will most certainly be worth watching. And worth seeing some people's heads explode.

Posted by: Brad S at July 30, 2007 12:17 PM

Quo Vadis. I'll send them a free copy.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at July 30, 2007 6:58 PM

Leprosy?

Posted by: erp at July 31, 2007 10:26 AM
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