Here’s an update from Deadline.com (all links in the original):
Summit Entertainment has acquired screen rights to the William Paul Young novel The Shack, with John Fusco aboard to write the script. The film will be produced by Gill Netter through his Netter Productions banner, and Brad Cummings.
The logline: In the aftermath of a devastating personal tragedy, Mackenzie Allen Philips receives a mysterious note in his mailbox inviting him to The Shack. The letter is signed Papa, his wife’s nickname for God. Mack responds and finds himself in the presence of God, and a life-transforming journey of truth, forgiveness, and ultimately acceptance. The book was originally published in 2007 out of a garage by Cummings and Wayne Jacobsen, caught on and has become a global bestseller that has sold over 18 million copies in 39 languages, with 10 million in the U.S. It has ben on The New York Times Bestseller List for more than 180 straight weeks.
Disclaimer: I understand that The Shack, not to mention its author, holds to some highly un-Biblical views.1
That, however, is not why I haven’t read The Shack. I have a secondhand copy, but frankly haven’t gotten past the first chapter or two. My sincere personal belief is that style was over-the-top emotionally manipulative, and the prose so purple it nearly gave me black eyes.
Yet maybe you enjoyed The Shack. If so, how come?
I understand Young’s version(s) of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit share a lot of their alt-universe theology. Can this be turned into any kind of major motion picture?
Either way, it seems to say there’s a market for overtly religious filmmaking — though what kind of religion remains to be seen.