Marlboro native Stephen Love signs first-look film development/production deal with Lionsgate
Bennettsville native Stephen “Dr.” Love Jr. has signed a multi-year first-look film development and production deal with Lionsgate. He is a producer, entrepreneur, and author.
According to Variety magazine, Love is producing Shadow Force, the action film starring Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown through his Made with Love Media company.
According to the article, other upcoming projects for him include the thriller They Cloned Tyrone, directed by Creed 2 screenwriter Juel Taylor, for Netflix; Assisted Living, written by Kay Oyegun, at Paramount; and Notes from a Young Black Chef, based on Kwame Onwuachi’s memoir, which will be adapted by Randy McKinnon.
Love, who lives in Los Angeles, is the son of Rev. Dr. Stephen and Mamie Love Sr. He is a graduate of Marlboro County High School.
Love Sr. is the former pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church. He is now the Greenwood District Superintendent in the South Carolina Conference United Methodist Church.
In a phone interview on Tuesday, he said he was very proud of his son and his accomplishments.
“We know his experiences through the school system and the community efforts in Marlboro County are of the shoulders from which he stands,” Love said. “We tried to teach him this. He recognizes that he stands on the shoulders of the giants.”
Love thanked the different teachers, community members and various churches for their part in his son’s success.
Lionsgate Entertainment is one of the largest producers of films and television shows in the United States.