PREFACE Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths
—Proverbs 3:5–6 NKJV
I was deep in the heart of Beijing, People’s Republic of China, in the summer of 2009. For the first time in my career, I was the lead studio executive on a feature film—the remake of The Karate Kid
, starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, son of actor Will Smith.
It’s important to understand that Beijing—the ancient capital of China—is huge
. The urban area alone...