Secretariat helmer Randall Wallace will develop an adaptation of Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent’s “Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back” at Sony Pictures, says Variety. The book is described as follows:
Do you remember the hospital, Colton? Sonja said. Yes, mommy, I remember, he said. Thats where the angels sang to me.
When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they werent expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followeda story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boys trip to heaven and back.
Colton, not yet four years old, told his parents he left his body during the surgeryand authenticated that claim by describing exactly what his parents were doing in another part of the hospital while he was being operated on. He talked of visiting heaven and relayed stories told to him by people he met there whom he had never met in life, sharing events that happened even before he was born. He also astonished his parents with descriptions and obscure details about heaven that matched the Bible exactly, though he had not yet learned to read.
With disarming innocence and the plainspoken boldness of a child, Colton tells of meeting long-departed family members. He describes Jesus, the angels, how really, really big God is, and how much God loves us. Retold by his father, but using Coltons uniquely simple words, Heaven Is for Real offers a glimpse of the world that awaits us, where as Colton says, Nobody is old and nobody wears glasses.
Heaven Is for Real will forever change the way you think of eternity, offering the chance to see, and believe, like a child.
Joe Roth is producing through his Roth Films along with T.D. Jakes, who just produced Sparkle for the studio. Christopher Parker (Battle of the Year) is writing the screenplay.