DeVon Franklin is bringing fans a new romantic comedy.
Deadline reports that via his company Franklin Entertainment, Franklin is partnering with Amazon Studios to bring a romantic comedy based on Relationship Goals: How to Win at Dating, Marriage, and Sex, the New York Times besteller by pastor Michael Todd. Cory Tynan (Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day) and Michael Elliot (Brown Sugar) are the screenwriters. Along with Franklin producing through his company, Franklin Entertainment's Katarina Hicks will manage the film.
The book is described as a "candid, inspiring guide to finding lasting love and sustaining a healthy relationship" by forcing readers to be honest about their relationship goals. In line with Franklin's focus on Christianity in his films, Relationship Goals was accompanied by Todd's viral sermon series at his Transformation Church on all things related to dating, sex, and navigating marriage. The book also had an R&B song "Relationship Goals (Revelation)" to make to to No. 10 on the Billboard R&B chart.
Franklin already has a string of box office successes under his belt, including Breakthrough, Miracles from Heaven and The Star. But since Relationship Goals is about dating and relationships, the film has the potential to be a crossover hit with spiritual and secular people alike. If the success of Steve Harvey's Think Like a Man film series--developed from Harvey's bestselling book--is any indication, Todd could be looking at a franchise of his own.
Todd has an upcoming book, Crazy Faith, coming out this September.