Sony's 'Miracles From Heaven' Adaptation Finds Director (Exclusive)

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Patricia Riggen, the helmer behind the upcoming Chilean mining movie 'The 33,' has closed a deal to direct Sony’s faith-based drama.

Patricia Riggen, the helmer behind the upcoming Chilean mining movie The 33, has closed a deal to direct Sony’s faith-based drama Miracles From Heaven.

The studio is eyeing a spring 2016 release date through their TriStar Pictures releasing label, the same label that released the faith-based hit Heaven Is for Real. Miracles From Heaven reunites the producers behind the latter — T.D. Jakes, Joe Roth and DeVon Franklin, the preacher and former Sony exec who is now a producer based on the studio's Culver City lot.

Riggen's project is an adaptation of Miracles From Heaven: A Sick Little Girl, Her Journey to Heaven, and the Lives Forever Changed, the book by Christy Beam that is to hit shelves April 14.

Beam’s memoir centers on her daughter, who miraculously overcame an incurable, life-threatening digestive disorder. After she was dramatically rescued from a near-death experience, a stunning series of miracles unfolded that left her family, her medical doctors and community baffled. (Beam lived in Texas when the incidents occurred, and her family belongs to the Alsbury Baptist Church.)

Randy Brown, who wrote Clint Eastwood's Trouble With the Curve, penned the script.

Riggen, who hails from Mexico, directed the critically acclaimed film Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna), as well as the Disney Channel movie Lemonade Mouth. The 33 tells of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days and is based on the book Deep Down Dark written by Hector Tobar.

Riggen is repped by CAA and Frankfurt Kurnit.

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