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Former Sen. Rick Santorum gives the thumbs up. AP Images. Former Sen. Rick Santorum gives the thumbs up. AP Images.  

An interview with Rick Santorum on his new gig in the film industry

Just because Rick Santorum is taking a new job leading a Christian movie studio doesn’t mean he’s ditching politics or the idea of running for the White House again.

“This really doesn’t change things as far as I’m concerned,” the former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential candidate said in a phone interview with The Daily Caller on Tuesday.

Santorum announced this week that he’s becoming CEO of EchoLight Studios, a self-styled “faith-based” company in Dallas. The Republican agreed to answer several questions from TheDC about his new gig.

TheDC: What exactly will the job entail? And will you be involved, creatively, in helping to come up with movie ideas?

Santorum: I’ll be involved in every aspect of the business. So the answer is yes. I’ll be involved in acquiring intellectual property. I’ll be involved in determining what intellectual property we acquire, helping in the development of the scripts and producing the films. Obviously, I’m not going to be doing all of those things, but I’ll be overseeing all of those things. We’ve got really good industry folks, and we’ll be bringing in even more talented people from all over — including Hollywood — to write scripts and to produce and direct, and act and do post-production. The whole nine yards. We’re gonna do our best to try to attract the best and the brightest to come and work with us. And we want to make inspiring content.

TheDC: Any ideas yet for movies you’d like to see produced?

Santorum: Well as a matter of fact, we have a slate of four movies that are in – as they say – in the can. I have not been involved, obviously, in the selection of those films, or the production of those films, other than a very minor way with the last one. My involvement in those films was frankly raising the money. I’ve been — even before I was CEO — I was involved as a member of the board of the company and I was sort of tasked with the responsibility of going out there and seeing what we can do to raise the funds to make these movies.