DeVon Franklin, who recently oversaw the sleeper hit Heaven Is For Real, is to segue from svp of production for Columbia Pictures to a long-term, first-look producing deal with the studio.

Franklin will join Joe Roth and T D Jakes as producer on the faith-based sequel Heaven Changes Everything and joins Roth and his son Zack as producer on the inspirational sports film Unleash The Mules. 

He will also join Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch as producer on Masters Of The Universe and Dana Brunetti as producer on the PlayStation adaptation Gran Turismo

Franklin will continue to develop and produce mainstream commercial material, including projects that are geared towards the urban and faith-based markets and will work across film and television units at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

He joined Columbia Pictures in 2005 and began his career as an intern for Will Smith and James Lassiter at Overbrook Entertainment.