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Marc Forster Looking to Direct the Religious Drama 'Heretics'

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July 13, 2010

Carlton Pearson

Some great unique stories have come out of Ira Glass' popular public radio show "This American Life" and lately, some of them have been making their way towards the big screen. We've already heard about the spy film Wenceslas Square and the holiday comedy Santa Wars, which both have their roots in episodes of the radio program. Now Variety reports that yet another adaptation is currnetly in the works. Director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) has his eyes on Heretics, a religious drama based on the episode of the same name with Marcus Hinchey penning the script about the life of a fallen star in the evangelical movement.

The film focuses on Carlton Pearson, who was a rising star among evangelicals until he was ostracized by his own church and declared a heretic after he started preaching that there is no Hell. Which is like me claiming that movies are a thing of the past. Unlike other religious films which depict their subject's beliefs from the outside-in, "This American Life" host Ira Glass explains that "this film lets us tell a story about evangelical Christians from their perspective, not from the outside. And at its heart, it's a classic old-fashioned movie plot: a man who stands up for what he believes and loses everything because of it." Stay tuned for updates!

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  • Quanah
    I saw a story about this man on Dateline NBC. Interesting story to make into a film. Could be good.
  • Prestron
    The readers of this site should listen to This American Life. I think the best way I can put it is they can tell a story with subtly and force. That didn't even express what I'm thinking. Those of us critical about Star Wars: The Phantom Menace should listen to John Hodgman in Episode 232, The Real Story. Act 3 is Jar Jar Head and it is 45:40 into the program. It deals with more than Star Wars. That only serves as the starting point for much much more disappointment. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/232/The-Real-Story
  • Craig
    Religion and Marc Forster. I have contempt for both.

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