Secretariat Director Randall Wallace To Helm Faith-Based Film Heaven Is For Real

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Randall Wallace, who is best known as the director of films sch as Secretariat, We Were Soldiers, and The Man in The Iron Mask, is going religious. The filmmaker is now attached to develop an adaptation of the book "Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back" and might direct the project as well. Described as a "faith-based family drama" the movie is set up over at Sony. Joe Roth - who is best known for producing movies like Snow White and the Huntsman, Alice in Wonderland, and the upcoming Sam Raimi film Oz The Great And Powerful - and his Roth Films banner is producing the film.

According to Variety, Christopher Parker is writing the script based on Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent book, which tells the story of Burpo's son's near-death experience and his "subsequent claim that he visited heaven." While the boy's parents and neighbors don't believe him at first, he then begins to tell them information about people who have passed away. DeVon Franklin, who is an ordained preacher who recently became a senior VP of production at Sony, is overseeing the project for the studio.

Wallace is currently attached to direct the film The Conscientious Objector, which is a drama set in World War II and is being produced by Walden Media. He is also going to serve as a producer on Gunslingers, a new action-adventure movie that will star Vince Vaughn. The trade doesn't make it clear which project will be Wallace's next.

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