Filming for the movie adaption of popular Christian novel, ‘The Shack’, has already started taking place in Canada, with the release date set to be early in 2016.
Author, Wm P Young, expressed his excitement on his website yesterday, sharing that it still seems surreal. “It’s been a long, complicated journey to get to this point, but I mean it when I say that I couldn’t be happier about where we’ve ended up.”
The movie will feature Sam Worthington (“Avatar,” “Wrath of the Titans,” “Clash of the Titans”) taking on the star role of Mack, a father grieving for the loss of his child. Octavia Spencer (“The Help,” “Divergent”) will be playing God or “Papa.”
Young explained that he will be giving creative input during the filming of the movie, which gives him confidence that the movie will remain true to the message and spirit of the book. “Often, when a book gets turned into a movie, the author gets shut out of the filmmaking process. However, after having many conversations with a lot of wonderful people in Hollywood, I’ve been told that my voice and opinions will be an important part of the movie,” he shared.
The novel, released in 2008, tells the story of a father whose life spirals out of control following devastating events that involve the loss of his youngest daughter. One day he receives a mysterious letter which beckons him back to the place where he last saw her. Young has shared that the title of the book is a metaphor for “the house you build out of your own pain”. He explained: ” it is a metaphor for the places you get stuck, you get hurt, you get damaged…the thing where shame or hurt is centered.” The book is said to have helped many people deal with loss, pain and unforgiveness and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide, taking the number 1 spot on the New York Times best seller list for 70 weeks.
The cast of the movie will include singer/songwriter Tim McGraw (“The Blind Side”), Radha Mitchell (“Olympus Has Fallen”), Alice Braga (“Queen of the South,” “Elysium”), Aviv Alush (“The Gordin Cell”), and Graham Greene (“Longmire”).
The film will be released by Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label.