Tyler Perry Partners With DeVon Franklin to Bring Faith-Based Films to Netflix

Tyler Perry and DeVon Franklin (Credit: Deposit Photos)

Netflix subscribers will soon see more faith-based films on the platform, via a new partnership between Tyler Perry Studios and producer DeVon Franklin.

Netflix announced the multi-year, first-look deal on Monday, May 6, saying Perry and Franklin will develop “inspiring” new projects.

“Tyler and DeVon have created some of the most inspiring movies in the faith-based space, so they are perfect partners to help us bring even more of these stories to our members,” Niija Kuykendall, vice president of Netflix’s film division, said in a statement.

The first movie under the deal will be R&B, a modern-day retelling of the biblical love story between Ruth and Boaz.

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Set in Tennessee, R&B follows a young woman who escapes the Atlanta music scene to care for an elderly widowed woman and in the process finds the love of her life and gains the mother she never had.

Mike Elliott (Brown Sugar) and Cory Tynan (Play’d) are writing the script. Franklin and Perry will produce.

“I’m so excited to be working with DeVon on this and future projects,” Perry said. “I think in this polarizing world, and at a time where the world seems to be growing colder every day, we both share the common goal of wanting to spread some good. And there’s no better place than Netflix.”

Added Franklin, “Tyler and I have been great friends for over 15 years, so when he called me to team up on movies that can uplift the human spirit, I jumped at the chance and we couldn’t have a better partner than Netflix to help us inspire the world.”

The deal marks the latest extension of Perry’s creative partnership with Netflix, which sees him write, direct, and produce films and series for the streamer.

His upcoming projects with the streamer include Six Triple Eight starring an ensemble cast led by Kerry Washington, and the recently announced drama series Beauty in Black.

Franklin produced Miracles from Heaven (2016) starring Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah, and Flamin’ Hot (2023) directed by Eva Longoria.

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