Randal Wallace, director of the movies "Braveheart" and "Secretariat" and now the upcoming "Heaven is for Real", says he was amazed at how the story of little Colton Burpo got to him, especially when he [Wallace] had been around churches all his life and had been exposed to lots of materials categorized as inspirational.
Sony/Tristar Pictures and director Randal Wallace (of the award winning films "Braveheart" and "Secretariat") are hoping that their new film "Heaven is for Real" will do the book justice by letting viewers visually experience the impact little Colton Burpo's amazing encounter with Heaven has already had on millions around the world.
The New York Times best-selling book (available here in print, audio, and children's format), details Colton's life-threatening illness in 2003 when he was just four-years-old, and his subsequent account of Heaven as he saw it when he "died" and returned to earth.
Award-winning veteran actor Greg Kinnear plays Colton's father, Pastor Todd Burpo. Wallace was said to have cast Kinnear in the role because he believed he was "the perfect blend of strength and charisma and sensitivity."
The director also was quoted in an Entertainment Weekly report as being "amazed" at how the Burpo story "had got to him—especially when he's been around churches all his life and had been exposed to lots of materials that are categorized as inspirational."
"It speaks to the cynic in most of us," he said.
Not only was the film's director touched, but Kinnear himself reportedly may have “found faith through the film."
Whether he has, or hasn't, most Christians will agree that finding Jesus through the art of cinema is a challenging, yet potentially powerful, endeavor—which is why films like this one are often bathed in prayer.