90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN by Don Piper and Cecil Murphey, which recounts Don’s death experience, is being made into a film by Family Christian Entertainment, the new sister company of the nation’s largest Christian retailer, Family Christian Stores. Kate Bosworth (SUPERMAN RETURNS) and Hayden Christensen (STAR WARS) will star. Michael Polish (TWIN FALLS IDAHO, BIG SUR) will direct. The film began shooting on January 26, 2015 and hit theaters in October 2015.
ABC’s Nightline, NBC’s Today Show, Dateline NBC, and The O’Reilly Factor are a few of the major media outlets that have featured Don Piper’s story of being pronounced dead after a fatal automobile accident and his subsequent visit to heaven before being returned to life about an hour and a half later. 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN spent several years atop the New York Times bestseller list and has sold more than 7 million copies. The title has also been translated into 46 languages.
Ramez Naam’s NEXUS, about a drug that links minds and the resulting conflict to control it and define humanity, to Paramount with Disruption Entertainment by Sean Daily at Hotchkiss and Associates on behalf of Lucienne Diver.
Sean Daily at Hotchkiss and Associates sold dramatic rights to Sara Lunsford’s memoir SWEET HELL ON FIRE to CBS Television Studios. The subtitle of the book (which Sourcebooks published in paperback in November) is “A Memoir of the Prison I Worked In and the Prison I Lived In”; it chronicles the author’s experience as a corrections officer at a maximum security prison for men. (In its review, PW called the book “gritty” and “raw.”) Lunsford writes fiction under the pen name Saranna DeWylde, and SWEET HELL marked her first work of nonfiction. Daily did the deal on behalf of Deidre Knight of the Knight Agency.
Film rights to Marley Gibson’s GHOST HUNTRESS series, about a sixteen-year-old girl who moves from Chicago to an historic Southern town and begins to discover her latent psychic powers (the third in the series THE REASON, will be published in May) to Shoulderhill Entertainment, by Sean Daily at Hotchkiss and Associates, on behalf of Deidre Knight at The Knight Agency.
The first three books in Lynn Flewelling’s fantasy series, NIGHTRUNNER, to writer/director Charlie Spickler at C-Squared Pictures (RED LEGGED DEVILS), by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency.
David Cristofano’s THE GIRL SHE USED TO BE, about a woman who after 20 years in witness protection decides to trust the son of the mobster who she’s been running from since she was a little girl, to Mark Johnson’s Gran Via Productions (THE NOTEBOOK, MY SISTER’S KEEPER) and Julie Lynn (THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB), by Sean Daily at Hotchkiss and Associates, on behalf of Pamela Harty at The Knight Agency.
Monica McKayhan’s INDIGO SUMMER books, about a high school freshman dealing with the pressure of sudden popularity in her new school, to Kimberly Ogletree and Karat Films (LOVE SONG, HAIR SHOW), by Sean Daily at Hotchkiss and Associates, on behalf of Pamela Harty at The Knight Agency.
Beverly Brandt’s romantic comedy ROOM SERVICE, optioned to Emmett/Furla Films, by Deidre Knight at The Knight Agency, in association with Matthew Snyder at CAA.
Cara Lockwood’s BARD HIGH series, in which students discover that the books they’re reading in class have an uncanny influence over the events in their lives, to Susan Adler at Stun Productions, by Sean Daily at Hotchkiss and Associates, on behalf of Deidre Knight at The Knight Agency.
NYT bestselling author Gena Showalter’s RED HANDED, to Sony Pictures Television (Stargate SG-1), with Dan Wigutow Productions, by Sean Daily at Hotchkiss & Associates, on behalf of Deidre Knight at The Knight Agency.
NYT bestselling authors Don Piper and Cecil Murphey’s 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN, in which Baptist minister Piper recounts his death, passage to heaven, and return to earth where he endures a long and grueling recovery and spiritual awakening, to Dawn Parouse Productions (PRISON BREAK, TRU CALLING) for a feature film, by Sean Daily at Hotchkiss and Associates, on behalf of Deidre Knight at The Knight Agency.
I CHOOSE TO STAY (DaFina Books/Kensington) by Salome Thomas-El and Cecil Murphey has been optioned to Disney Studios, in partnership with Solaris Entertainment, for production as a major motion picture, THE MIGHTY BISHOPS. Filmmaking brother team Greg O’Connor and Gavin O’Connor will helm the project. The O’Connor brothers enjoyed enormous box-office success with the February 2004 release of Miracle, the story of the 1980 U.S. hockey team. See www.solarisentertainment.com for more details.
Cara Lockwood’s I DO (BUT I DON’T), published by Pocket Books/Downtown Press, was already a national bestseller in its third printing when film rights were optioned by Ira Pincus Films, in association with von Zerneck/Sertner Films. The novel became a Lifetime Original Movie starring Denise Richards and Dean Cain in 2004 and still runs today on Lifetime Television. For more information or to order the DVD please see: www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/movies/i-do-i-dont
Black Entertainment Television produced Jacquelin Thomas’s HIDDEN BLESSINGS (BET Books) for cable television in 2000.
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