Religious drama heads to big screen

Religious drama “Heretics,” based on the life of a fallen star in the evangelical movement, is headed for the big screen as a potential directing vehicle for Marc Forster (“Quantum of Solace”).

Producers are James D. Stern’s Endgame Entertainment, “This American Life” producer-writer-host Ira Glass and producing partner Alissa Shipp along with Forster and Bradford Simpson’s Apparatus banner.

Project’s based on the “This American Life” episode of the same name. Marcus Hinchey (“All Good Things”) is writing the screenplay.

“Heretics” centers 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.

Pearson began to do so after watching a program about conditions in war-torn Rwanda.

Endgame recently partnered with Glass and Shipp to produce spy thriller “Wenceslas Square,” currently being fast-tracked for production with Phillip Noyce attached to direct.

“This film lets us tell a story about evangelical Christians from their perspective, not from the outside,” Glass said. “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.”

Endgame is currently in post-production on “The Hungry Rabbit Jumps,” directed by Roger Donaldson and starring Nicolas Cage. Recently released titles include “An Education” and “Every Little Step.”

Apparatus is currently in production on “Machine Gun Preacher” for Lionsgate with Forster directing and Gerard Butler and Michelle Monaghan starring. It’s also in pre-production on “Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules” for Fox 2000.

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