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Heavenly Feat: 55 Weeks #1 NYT: Film Deal with Sony in the Works | Alive Literary

Heavenly Feat: 55 Weeks #1 NYT: Film Deal with Sony in the Works

Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo and Lynn VincentAugust 3, 2011 Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent (Thomas Nelson, 2010)  remains this year’s runaway bestseller, now spending 55 weeks in the #1 slot on the NY Times Paperback Nonfiction list. Heaven is also being pursued by Hollywood producers, Joe Roth, Bishop T.D. Jakes and DeVon Franklin for a major motion picture release that will inspire even more families. Alive agents Rick Christian and Joel Kneedler are negotiating the film rights with Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Commenting on the film deal, Alive President Rick Christian said, “Joe Roth and Columbia Pictures bring a talented team of dedicated professionals to this project. With their guidance this exceptional story will reach an even wider audience.”

Responding to the prospect of his family’s story hitting the big screen, Todd Burpo said, “Colton has a simple message for people; heaven is for real. And we’re excited about the possibility of many more people hearing that message through a film.”

Initial interest in Heaven is for Real began to swell soon after its release in late 2010.
As the number of major media interviews escalated, the book started its climb up industry bestseller lists. The family made the rounds on programs like NBC’s Today Show, Dateline NBC, Fox & Friends, and CNN’s Faces of Faith. Publications like People magazine and the LA Times and others such as ABC World News picked up the story. However, when the NY Times ran a feature article titled “Celestial Sales for Boy’s Tale of Heaven,” awareness went to another level.

Now with over 3 million copies sold, Heaven is For Real is the number one selling book in the nation. The NY Times ranks the book at #1 in four overall categories: Print Paperback Nonfiction list; Print Hardcover & Paperback Combined Nonfiction list; E-Book Nonfiction list; and in the #1 position on the Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction list. It is also atop USA Today’s bestseller list and has ranked frequently at the #1 position on Amazon.com. Heaven is also a bestseller at every major retailer, including #1 at Target, Walmart and Sam’s Club.

“We knew we had a great story, however, the response has been phenomenal,” said Kneedler. “Not only has Lynn Vincent crafted another beautiful narrative, but the heart-felt comments from readers are remarkable. And the team at Thomas Nelson has done a fantastic job in packaging and promoting the book worldwide. Heaven is now capturing hearts around the globe as international rights for publication have been acquired in 27 languages. – JK

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