I’m sure you’ve seen and/or heard about the New York Times bestseller Heaven Is For Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back.
The “nonfiction” book is about a four-year-old boy who died (a corroborated fact), and came back to life with his tiny head chock-full of stories about heaven and angels and dead family members who came to greet him at “the light.”
I REALLY WANT TO BELIEVE THIS KID.
How great would it be if heaven was ACTUALLY real? That would rock, no?
But something about the whole thing smells fishy. Case in point: the boy’s father is a small-town pastor.
Kids are easily manipulated by their parents. They can be coached and cajoled and crushed into believing anything.
And with super religious parents at the helm? Forget it! Lifetime residency at Manipulationville.
We’ll see in about fifteen years time when the kid grows up, hates his parents, and reveals the truth. Or not. I don’t know.
Sony Pictures owns the feature rights to the book and they’ve brought on a director to help develop the project: Randall Wallace, director of Secretariat.
He hasn’t officially committed to directing the adaptation.
I wonder how they’ll depict the heaven scenes? Just imagining it, the movie already seems hokey-as-hell. Ooooh, is that sacrilegious?