Following the success of the faith-based “Heaven is for Real” earlier this year, producer T.D. Jakes is planning two new projects.
First up, Sony Pictures will re-team with Jakes and Joe Roth on “Miracles From Heaven,” an adaptation of Christy Beam’s book “Three Miracles From Heaven” which the studio just scored the film rights to.
Beam’s memoir deals with her daughter who suffered from a rare digestive disorder that forced her to eat via feeding tubes and carry colostomy bags. After a several storey fall, she had a near death experience in which she claims to have visited heaven. Shortly after, she was cured of her seemingly incurable condition.
Randy Brown (“Trouble With the Curve”) will pen the script and DeVon Franklin will also produce the project which aims to go into production next year.
Jakes has also scored the film rights to Carter Paysinger and Steve Fenton’s memoir “Where a Man Stands”.
That book deals with Carter Paysinger, a black student from the wrong side of town who landed hard at the upscale, mostly white Beverly Hills High. He formed a friendship with Fenton, a Jewish kid with whom he had little in common.
Years later, Paysinger became a coach, teacher and eventually the first African-American principal in the storied school’s eighty-year history.