SECRETARIAT Director Randall Wallace to Helm HEAVEN IS FOR REAL

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Randall Wallace (Secretariat) is in talks to develop the book Heaven Is for Real as a directing vehicle.  The novel is co-written by Nebraska pastor Todd Burpo, and tells of how his four-year-old son had slipped into unconsciousness during emergency surgery, and when he awoke, he said he had “met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each.”  He also described “the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how ‘reaaally big’ God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit ‘shoots down power’ from heaven to help us.”  Personally, I don’t see how this could possibly be a complete fabrication designed to exploit a four-year-old’s near-death experience to push a Christian agenda.

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heaven-is-for-real-book-coverWhile Secretariat is a family film, Wallace’s screenwriting credits make Heaven a bit of a departure.  He previously penned the screenplays for Braveheart and Pearl Harbor, and he’s also working on Mel Gibson‘s Viking movie, Berserker.  While he’ll likely oversee the screenplay for Heaven Is for Real, the screenwriting has been tasked to Battle of the Year scribe Christopher Parker.  According to VarietyDeVon Franklin, an ordained preacher and Sony executive, will oversee the project for the studio, and gear the film towards the faith-based market.

Here’s the official synopsis for Heaven Is for Real:

A young boy emerges from life-saving surgery with remarkable stories of his visit to heaven.

Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn’t know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear.

Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how “reaaally big” God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit “shoots down power” from heaven to help us.

Told by the father, but often in Colton’s own words, the disarmingly simple message is heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and be ready, there is a coming last battle. [Amazon]

 

I hope it’s a dance battle, and that’s why they hired Parker to write the script.

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  • Brian

    I don’t believe it is categorized as a novel. Whether or not the boy actually witnessed something real or had very vivid dreams based on his upbringing, the story is written as a true account, not fiction.

    You’re letting your skepticism overrule the truth.

    Not the best of habits.

    • Derek

      If we can classify Michael Moore movies as a “documentary”, it’s probably not that genre-bending to classify the book as a “true account”. Truth has become relative.

  • Markus

    And once again, the temptation to be a douche proves too much for Matt.

    Look dude, we get it – it’s not an easy story to believe and accept at face value. Most of religion falls into that category. But you’re not the one who almost lost a four year old son here. Maybe the kid really did experience these things, maybe the father is making it up to promote his faith. Either is possible, but there’s no need to interject personal snark into a story about someone else’s life.

    • 13steve13

      The only douche I’m tempted to point out is you buddy.

      • Drew

        Markus made as even-handed a comment as one could possibly make and you call him a douche? And without giving any reason either. Great comment, guy.

      • Markus

        What an elaborate and well-explained rebuttal you made, Steve. Please, tell me more about your “nuh uh, you are” style of internet commenting.

  • kevin

    “Truth”? Seriously?
    The book’s christian publisher, Thomas Nelson, tags it and the DVD and assorted other addons as “Religion, Christian Life, Spiritual Growth, Inspirational” – they don’t even hang the “nonfiction” tag on it.

  • really?

    what’s funny is that the writer here would even bother to comment on the validity of such an insanely bizarre story. that he does it in the most sarcastic and flippant way possible means he feels a little silly and insecure doing so as well. but heaven forbid this ‘journalist’ should neglect to editorialize every single article he writes.

  • really?

    what\’s funny is that the writer here would even bother to comment on the validity of such an insanely bizarre story. that he does it in the most sarcastic and flippant way possible means he feels a little silly and insecure doing so as well. but heaven forbid this \’journalist\’ should neglect to editorialize every single article he writes.

  • Dave

    The retardation of America continues… hahaha

  • Tom Sawyer

    I wonder if you attacked Michael Moore over his films and their agenda? You’re response to the Christian story speaks volumes about some inner feelings you have.

    • Dave

      The retardation of America is almost complete…

      • Bill

        How? You didn’t address Tom Sawyer’s comment at all.

  • MY oh MY

    This book is an example of kid exploitation of the most disgusting kind.
    Kid sees heaven, and conveniently is that kid grew up with pastor father and obviously in fundamentalist christian family.
    Lets also not forget that co-author of the book is Lynn Vincent, who has written many political books, including ghostwriting Sarah Palin’s.
    Also this book is full of factual errors.
    But for me the biggest problem actually is how family treated their son’s disease: they actually went on a trip with sick son, and after he didnt get better for the first day, they stayed over night at their frineds home, and didnt rush him to the nearst hospital. The next day their still sick kid again IS NOT rushed to the hospital but family took 3-hour trip back home. Finally the kid gets to ER, but after examinations docs arent sure whats wrong with the kid, and they suggest to get him to Denver Childrens hospital. But family says NO, cause its to far away from their church base of support!!?! WTF? What kind of family is this?

  • Mars

    not sure what Michael Moore has to do with this, but I guess if you think exposing Bush and Cheney for lying us into a war is bad, then maybe this Christian fairy tale is more up your alley.

  • Pr McPhee

    “Personally, I don’t see how this could possibly be a complete fabrication designed to exploit a four-year-old’s near-death experience to push a Christian agenda.” Matt has a sense of humor! That truly is miraculous! Did anyone else read Roger Ebert’s excellent blog about how Christian fundamentalists are trying to break down the wall between Church and State? Read it and see if you find anything funny about the Christian agenda!

    • Northern Star

      Matt’s utter stupidity and blind bigotry notwithstanding, what wall between church and state are you referring to? Is that the wall that allowed the House of Reps to be used as a church, or the wall that had Bibles printed by the federal government and given to new reps and Senators, or the wall that had the Almighty mentioned in the founding documents of the U.S…. not quite sure which wall you’re referring to there!?

  • RorshachLives!

    I think it needs to be noted with such books that the apostle Paul was taken to Heaven and he was not permitted to speak of what he saw and heard there, so whilst not completely discounting what this boy allegedly experienced, I think a healthy dose of reasonable skepticism is probably the best course. Besides, I would rather see Randall Wallace direct his screenplay for ‘Atlas Shrugged’, which boiled down Ayn Rand’s 1, 100-page novel to a 129-page script that everyone who read it said captured the book perfectly, alas….

  • PWH

    Kid exploitation? Then what is “The Horse Boy” or any other thing about a kid and telling a story to fascinate and raise questions?

    I think everybody needs to relax and remember that there are far more nauseating things going on in culture. Believe it or not, Christianity is as valid as unbelief. Don’t try to make other people feel like crap because you don’t buy into it. I certainly don’t make any of my atheist friends or acquaintances feel unworthy or phony for their stance.

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