James D. Stern’s Endgame Entertainment, plus “This American Life” producer-writer-host Ira Glass and his producing partner Alissa Shipp, announced today they are teaming with Marc Forster and Bradford Simpson’s Apparatus to produce a film. It’s titled Heretics, based on the “This American Life” episode of the same name. Marcus Hinchey (All Good Things) is writing the screenplay as a potential directing vehicle for Forster, with Endgame financing.
Endgame recently partnered with Glass and Shipp to produce the Phillip Noyce-directed spy thriller Wenceslas Square, which is currently being fast-tracked for production. Heretics tells the true story of Carlton Pearson, a rising star in the evangelical movement who was ostracized by his own Church after he started preaching that there is no Hell.
“This film lets us tell a story about evangelical Christians from their perspective, not from the outside,” said Glass. “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.”
“This American Life” is a weekly public radio show produced by WBEZ Radio and distributed by Public Radio International.