The book opens on a morning in the small town of Coldwater, MI, when the phones start ringing and the voices say they are calling from heaven. While each call is greeted differently — some with love, some with religious zeal, some with fear — a grieving single father with an inquisitive and hopeful son takes it upon himself to uncover whether these callers are hoaxers, or they are really dialing long distance. Chantal Nong and Cate Adams will oversee for Warner Bros.
Albom, who came up a sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press, has also written bestsellers like Tuesdays With Morrie and The Five People You Meet In Heaven, books with a wholesome spiritual tug to them. At a time when Paramount has been doing non-stop damage control as it opens the Biblical epic Noah this Friday trying to convince religious groups to come to the movie, and with several other Biblical epics in the offing, some studios see promise in uplifting books that ponder spiritual issues with less polarizing storytelling. (more…)