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NOT EASILY BROKEN

About The Production
"The idea behind Not Easily Broken that led me to writing the source novel in the first place was to say that relationships are difficult,” said Bishop T.D. Jakes, who wrote the novel upon which Brian Bird's screenplay is based. "It takes a lot of prayer, tenacity and commitment to work through the issues that happen in all of our lives when we pursue love and intimacy.”

The angle that most intrigued Bishop Jakes was writing a story about love from the male perspective, one that featured real men talking about real issues in there lives.

"Many women never hear a male's point of view on relationships,” said Bishop Jakes. "I think women are interested not only because I am a minister, but because I am a man and write from a male perspective. In our story, you are looking through the eyes of Dave, not Clarice, and you get some understanding about how guys view love and relationships. I have women who are awed by the fact that men really care about their relationships, and have great angst when things go badly. Women think men are emotionless, but there is a huge amount of anxiety in men when things do not go well with their women.”

Bishop Jakes and his producing partner, Curtis Wallace, decided that there was sufficient interest from filmmaking entities to try and mount Not Easily Broken  as a film. 

"We had actually decided that this was a story we wanted to make into a film even before the book was released,” recalled Curtis Wallace, who is the chief operating officer of TDJ Enterprises as well as producer of Not Easily Broken. "We thought this was a great story and we sat down with our partners at Sony Pictures Entertainment and agreed this would adapt well into a film. We immediately went about shaping the screenplay and found a great writer, Brian Bird, to help us with the script.”

Bird, known for writing the film Bopha!, had written another script that had caught the eye of the producers. "About four different people had sent us a script by Brian Bird called Magnolia Passion, which was about the civil rights movement and the story of Emmett Till. I read it and thought it was wonderful. It turns out executives at Sony had read the same script. We decided Brian was the right guy to write the screenplay,” said Curtis Wallace.

Bird, who is Caucasian, welcomed the opportunity to write not only about relationships within the African American community, but about the unique way men in general talk among themselves about the deepest thoughts and feelings in a way most women never are privy to.

"This was sort of a male version of the film Waiting to Exhale, in a way,” said screenwriter Brian Bird. "These are men who are talking about things that you do not hear them talk about often. It only happens when you have good friendships. In this film, you have three friends who are incredibly tight and go through thick and thin. There are some incredible themes in Bishop Jakes' book, one being the  three-stranded cord that binds men and women together in marriage. This is the cord that is Not Easily Broken.”

"The title is taken from the scriptures,” said Bishop T.D. Jakes. "The passage reads that a threefold cord is not easily broken in marriage. One cord is the woman, one is the man, and the third is their faith that will make the knot between them tighter. It doesn't mean it cannot be broken, but not easily so.”

For Brian Bird, this concept would form the backbone of his adapted screenplay. "I fell in love with the idea that a three-stranded relationship in very important in our incredibly fractured society. The three-stranded cord is a powerful metaphor about how relationships can survive. Two people are better than one, but without the third cord of faith, most people cannot get through life,” he said.

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