ABC is back in business with best-selling author Mitch Albom, whose “For One More Day” will be produced as the next “Oprah Winfrey Presents” telepic.
It’s the third Albom book to be adapted for the Alphabet, following “Five People You Meet in Heaven” and “Tuesdays With Morrie.”
The two-hour movie event will shoot in July, and is tentatively scheduled to air in December. “For One More Day” is one of at least two longform projects set on ABC’s docket next season (Daily Variety, Jan. 15), along with “A Raisin in the Sun.”
Oprah Winfrey and Kate Forte will exec produce for Harpo Films, which is producing for ABC. Albom is also on board to write the teleplay and exec produce.
Lloyd Kramer, who helmed “Five People You Meet in Heaven,” will direct “For One More Day.”
“Morrie,” which was also an “Oprah Winfrey Presents” title, scored four Emmys, including made-for TV movie and lead actor in a miniseries or movie (for Hank Azaria). (“Five People You Meet in Heaven” was produced by Hallmark Entertainment.)
“We’re thrilled to once again see (Winfrey and Albom) partnered up,” said ABC Entertainment prexy Steve McPherson, who added that “For One More Day” fits squarely inside ABC’s movies and minis strategy.
“We’re really only targeting these big franchise films, and a select group of minis that make sense for us,” he said.
Albom said it was “an honor” to once again work with Winfrey and Forte on a film adaptation of one of his books.
“They tell beautiful stories with their films,” he said. “And I’ve witnessed Lloyd’s excellent work up close — so I know ‘For One More Day’ is in very good hands.”
“For One More Day” tells the story of a former baseball player who has hit hard times and plans to end his life. At the last moment he is given one more day to spend with his late mother, who brings him to his redemption.
“For One More Day” debuted last year at No. 1 on The New York Times bestsellers list, and has more than 4 million copies in print. The book was named the bestselling hardcover novel and bestselling new book of 2006.
Harpo has previously produced six other “Oprah Winfrey Presents” longforms for ABC, most recently the Halle Berry starrer “Their Eyes Were Watching God” — the most-watched telepic on any net since 1999.