Every songwriter aspires for their music to be enjoyed by audiences everywhere. Moreover, every writer of Christian praise and worship choruses desires to have their anthems sung in as many churches as possible. For singer/songwriter Cory Asbury, it appears that God will do immeasurably more than all he could ask or imagine.
Asbury's passionate worship chorus, "Reckless Love" has not only swept through churches all over the world; but now, the song will be the foundation of an upcoming motion picture.
Cory released the news on his social media; telling fans that Paramount Pictures will begin work on a film based on "Reckless Love".
WE’RE MAKING A MOVIE! As many times as I tried to run from it, this thing just kept coming after me (see what I did there…)
So how did this incredible idea for a project such as this come about? Cory gave fans some history...
When DeVon called me in the summer of 2018 to discuss the possibility of making a Reckless Love movie, I had every intention of telling him, “Thanks, but no thanks.” If you know me, you know how highly I value authenticity & realness, so taking advantage of the success of a song God had freely given me felt a bit exploitative. I didn’t want to “milk it” for all it was worth. I wanted to protect & preserve its purity at all costs, which in my mind, meant NOT “selling out” to cool opportunities that came my way. I was also mindful of the fragility of my relationship with my dad (upon which parts of the initial story were predicated) & I didn’t want to expose him (or myself) in an untimely manner. 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.
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Fast forward to 2019 — my sabbatical year. The Father was doing such an incredible work of healing in my heart, unraveling years of brokenness & wrong thinking. In the midst of it, I kept praying for a mouthpiece, a platform, some way to blast the message He was writing in me to the world. I was hoping for a song or a sermon, but He saw something much bigger. DeVon called to let me know he’d found the perfect writer — J. Mills Goodloe. It all made sense. The film was the vehicle God wanted to use to get the message of His love to the world.
So the story behind the song will be there for all to see. But for Cory Asbury, the REAL writer of this song is the Lord Himself, moving in the life of Cory's dad.
We’ve got a lot of work to do to bring this project to completion, but I am incredibly excited to share the story with you all. The film is about surrender, about letting go & falling into the reckless love of God. It follows the story of a broken young man who finds God & family at the cost of well… everything. And my wife is the hero, not me.
As we hear more news, we'll let you know!