Elizabeth Gabler, President of Fox 2000, Shares Why She Wanted to Make First Christian Film “Breakthrough” Before Company Was Shut Down by Disney

Fox 2000 Pictures President Elizabeth Gabler attends the Twentieth Century Fox And Fox Searchlight Pictures Academy Awards Nominees Party at Lure on Sunday, February 24, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for Fox Searchlight/AP)

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.

“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 Walt Disney bought out Fox. However, any movies that were produced before the merger are still on schedule to be released, including “Breakthrough.”

“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.”

Gabler’s role as president of Fox 2000 meant that she could use her platform to help others. As a woman of faith in power, she has used her position to help other women working in the Hollywood film industry.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law