You’ve heard the song. You’ve seen the video. You’ve read our interviews with the man who wrote it. Now get ready to see the movie about how it all went down. Yes, Cory Asbury’s runaway super hit “Reckless Love” is getting its own movie from super producer DeVon Franklin (hey, we’ve interviewed him too) and screenwriter J. Mills Goodloe (haven’t interviewed him yet but stay tuned).
The movie will be about the real-life love story of Asbury and his wife Anna, and how Cory Asbury overcame some pain in his relationship with his father. The song was released in 2018 and spent 68 weeks on the Hot Christians Songs chart, with 18 weeks at number one and 55 weeks in the top ten.
In a message on Facebook, Asbury said he was initially hesitant to go in on a movie like this, since he didn’t want the depiction of his dad to be hurtful. But he says Franklin helped him see the bigger picture.
As my conversation with Devon went on, he said a phrase that really struck my heart & caused me to see beyond myself… “Cory, what if this film is bigger than you & your story? What if it brings healing to your dad & dads all across the world?” I flew to North Carolina the next day to ask my dad’s permission & we wept together. It was the first step toward healing our relationship. Needless to say, I was listening to what God might want to do through the whole thing.
It’s next up in what is sure starting to look like the CCM Cinematic Universe, with biopics about Jeremy Camp and MercyMe having already hit the public. Admittedly, not all of these franchises are owned by the same studio which makes an eventual Endgame-style CCM team-up movie a little more complicated but, hey, that didn’t stop the Avengers from recruiting Spider-Man.
Franklin has produced movies like Breakthrough and The Star, and has a Kirk Franklin biopic and a movie about the true story of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos in the pipeline. You can read Asbury’s full statement over on Facebook and listen to “Reckless Love” below.