Forest Whitaker in Talks to Direct, Star in Film Adaptation of THE SHACK
Forest Whitaker may soon be heading to THE SHACK.
According to Deadline, Whitaker is in talks to direct and co-star in Summit Entertainment's big screen adaptation of William Paul Young's bestseller THE SHACK.
Summit has enlisted John Fusco to adapt the book, which was published in 2007 out of a garage by Brad Cummings and Wayne Jacobson. Since its original release, THE SHACK has Gone on to sell over 18 million copies, and has been on The New York Times Bestseller List for over 180 weeks. Cummings will produce alongside Gill Netter of Netter Productions.
THE SHACK is officially described as:
"Mackenzie Allen Phillips's youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and Evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in this midst of his great sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change his life forever."
Whitaker just wrapped a year led by the success of "Lee Daniels' The Butler,'" in which he delivered a moving portrayal of Cecil Gaines, a butler at the White House through eight administrations and 34 years, as well as the critically acclaimed "Fruitvale Station," on which he served as a producer. Both films garnered significant praise, including Image Award nods for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture and Outstanding Independent Motion Picture, bringing Mr. Whitaker's total number of Image Award nominations to seven, including a win for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture in 2007 for his turn as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland" (2006).