'The Shack' Headed For The Silver Screen – Hope 103.2

‘The Shack’ Headed For The Silver Screen

The controversial Christian novel of 2007 The Shack is being turned into a major Hollywood movie starring Australian actor Sam Worthington.

By Clare BruceMonday 20 Jul 2015CultureReading Time: 2 minutes

The controversial Christian novel of 2007 The Shack is being made into a major Hollywood film starring Australian actor Sam Worthington.

Sam Worthington cast in the movie adaption of the besting selling novel, the Shack

Filming is currently underway on the screen adaptation of the New York Times best seller.

Worthington, well known as character Jake Sully in Avatar, will star as The Shack’s main character Mack, while Octavia Spencer, known for her roles in The Help and Insurgent, will play the role of Papa, representing the Father God.

It will also feature Graham Greene according to the Deadline Hollywood website, and Rolling Stone magazine says Tim McGraw is also in the cast.

The Shack novel tells the story of Mack, the tragic loss of his daughter, and his ensuing conversations in a shack in the wilderness, with “Papa”, “Jesus”, “Sarayu“ and “Sophia”. These characters represent God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, as well as God’s wisdom.

The book’s author, William P Young, has talked about the project on his blog site, saying, “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.

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“Selfishly, one of the reasons I’m excited about the film is that I will be given the very rare opportunity to have creative input. 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.”

As of May 2010, The Shack had over 10 million copies in print, and had been at number 1 on the New York Times best seller list for 70 weeks, according to Windblown Media.

Although wildly popular, the book was divisive among Christians for its unconventional approach to theology. It received criticism from Christian leaders including Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll, evangelical author Chuck Colson and apologist Norman Geisler.

It was also the subject of a complicated royalties dispute in 2010.

– Video – William P. Young with Sheridan Voysey on his book The Shack in 2009

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