'Heaven Is for Real' Producers Reteam for Sony's 'Miracles From Heaven' (Exclusive)

Joe Roth TD Jakes DeVon Franklin - H 2014
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Joe Roth TD Jakes DeVon Franklin - H 2014

The studio has picked up the film rights to an upcoming faith-based book by Christy Beam

Sony has picked up Miracles From Heaven, a faith-based project that reunites the makers of the studio’s hit Heaven Is for Real.

The project is an adaptation of Three Miracles From Heaven: A Sick Little Girl, Her Journey to Heaven, and the Lives Forever Changed, an upcoming book by Christy Beam; Randy Brown, who wrote Clint Eastwood's Trouble With the Curve, is on board to write the script.

T.D. Jakes and Joe Roth, who produced Heaven Is for Real, are producing along with DeVon Franklin, the preacher and former Sony exec who is now a producer based on the studio's Culver City lot. Franklin was instrumental in bringing in the book in proposal form, and the acquisition is a vote of confidence in the newly minted producer.

Beam, who lives in Burleson, Texas, where her family belongs to the Alsbury Baptist Church, wrote the memoir about her daughter, who suffered from a rare digestive disorder that caused her to eat via feeding tubes and carry colostomy bags. The miracles in the title refer to how the youngster fell three stories, visited heaven and later was cured of her seemingly incurable condition.

There was a major interest for the book rights, with the story selling preemptively to Hachette. Due to the strong enthusiasm for this project, Hachette will release the book next spring. 

Heaven Is for Real, released earlier this year through Tri-Star, grossed $91 million domestically on a budget of $12 million. In light of that, the studio is fast-tracking Miracles From Heaven and wants to be in production next year.

In addition to Heaven Is for Real, pastor-turned-producer Jakes was a producer on Sparkle and Black Nativity. He is the founder of Potter’s House, a Dallas-based church that has more than 30,000 members.

Roth produced Million Dollar Arm and Maleficent, and next year has In the Heart of the Sea, Ron Howard’s oceanic adventure that stars Chris Hemsworth.

Brown is repped by UTA and Anonymous Content.

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