Fox 2000 president makes first Christian film ‘Breakthrough’ before Disney shut down company | 3/26/2019 | Staff
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WINNIPEG, Canada — Fox 2000 was a casualty of the Disney-Fox merger last week, but before the production company was shut down, Elizabeth Gabler, its president, explained why she wanted to work on "Breakthrough," her first Christian film project.

"This is the first movie directly that had to do with a very strong faith-based premise that we've actually ventured into," Gabler said of Fox 2000's work alongside DeVon Franklin in an interview with The Christian Post on the film's set in December.

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"I think a lot of the movies that I've worked on have had stories of inspiration but this is really the first movie that we were able to find to do with DeVon that was a story that we all decided we needed to tell together,” she said.

Variety reported that Gabler’s indie production company that specialized in releases for targeted underserved groups (teenagers, adult women, and minorities) was cut after the Walt Disney bought out Fox. However, any movies that were produced before the merger are still on schedule to be released, including “Breakthrough.”

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"Breakthrough" tells the miraculous real-life account of Joyce and John Smith, a mother and son who rely on the power of prayer and the Holy Spirit following a fatal accident. Chrissy Metz (“This is Us”) plays the role of Joyce Smith and actor Josh Lucas (“Sweet Home Alabama”) plays her husband, Brian Smith. Marcel Ruiz (“One Day at a Time”) portrays their son, John, who is pronounced dead for 45 minutes until God answers the desperate mother’s prayers.

"I believe that it really is going to reach out to audiences worldwide because I think it's a very human story,” Gabler said. “It's a story of family and community coming together and I really believe that that's the story that people want to see now.”

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