Hollywood is paying close attention to bestselling books about the afterlife, especially since last year’s film “Heaven is For Real" drew $100M at the box office.
In September, Don Piper’s best-selling true story 90 Minutes In Heaven (Revell, 2004) will hit theaters starring Kate Bosworth (“Superman”) and Hayden Christensen (“Star Wars”). The book, which has sold over 7 million copies, chronicles Piper’s death, his time in heaven, return to life, and painful recuperation. Accompanying the new film adaptation, 90 Minutes in Heaven will be available in a movie tie-in edition on Sept. 1 featuring a new preface by the author.
Miracles From Heaven (Hachette Books, 2015) by Christy Beam features the story of Annabel, a young girl suffering from a rare digestive disorder. When she survives a terrible accident, Annabel is also cured of her chronic ailment, defying science and forcing those around her to examine their belief in God and the afterlife. The film adaptation is expected in theaters on March 18 and will star Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah. The hardcover has sold over 10k print units, according to Nielsen BookScan, and in November, Hachette will release a paperback edition of Miracles From Heaven, followed by a movie tie-in edition in January.