Heaven Is For Real, the 2014 faith-based movie inspired by Pastor Todd Burpo’s bestselling book of the same name, was a sleeper hit for TriStar/Sony, grossing more than $100 million on a $12 million budget. Now Sony Pictures TV has put together a Heaven Is For Real drama series project, which has been set up at NBC.
The project is based on Heaven Changes Everything, Todd and Sonya Burpo’s sequel book to Heaven Is For Real. Written/executive produced by Trouble with the Curve scribe Randy Brown, the hourlong drama revolves around a small-town pastor who must find the courage and faith to lead his parishioners after the news of his son’s visit to Heaven due to a near-death experience begins to capture worldwide attention.
Also executive producing are the Burpos, the Heaven Is For Real movie’s producers Joe Roth and T.D. Jakes as well as producer/ordained minister DeVon Franklin who oversaw the movie at Sony as SVP production.
In Heaven Changes Everything, Todd Burpo and his wife Sonya, whose young son’s experiences were the subject of Heaven Is For Real, chronicle what happened after the first book was published.
Franklin, Roth, and Jakes are producing and Brown wrote another faith-based movie for Sony, Columbia Pictures’ Miracles from Heaven starring Jennifer Garner, which is slated for Easter 2016 release.
NBC had been interested in drama series with faith/spiritual themes. Last season, the network developed and piloted the Mark Burnett and Roma Downey-produced Unveiled, about guardian angeles, which is being redeveloped with a new writer.
The Heaven Changes Everything book adaptation deal was negotiated by Paradigm, in partnership with Alive Literary Agency, representatives of the Burpos. Brown is repped by UTA and Anonymous Content.
Here is a trailer for Heaven is For Real, which starred Greg Kinnear: