Summit Entertainment Acquires William Paul Young’s The Shack


The best-selling novel from William Paul Young called, “The Shack” has been optioned by Summit Entertainment. The novel was originally published out of a garage by Brad Cummings and Wayne Jacobsen but has since garnered a huge fan base. First published in 2007, “The Shack” has to date sold over 18 million copies worldwide, 10 million in the United States, and over 8 million internationally. The novel has been on the New York Times Best Seller list for over 180 consecutive weeks, topping the list at #1 for 52 of them, and has also been on the USA Today Top 150 List for 188 weeks. Ranked by Nielsen as the Top Best-Selling Book of 2008 and 2nd Best-Selling Book of 2009, “The Shack” has been featured in national profiles as diverse as NewsweekTIMEPeople, and The New York Times.

The official plot of the novel follows a mans personal journey with God to get his life back on track.

In the aftermath of a devastating personal tragedy, Mackenzie Allen Philips receives a mysterious note in his mailbox inviting him to “The Shack”, signed by “Papa”, his wife’s nickname for God. Mack responds and finds himself on a life-transforming journey of truth, forgiveness, and ultimately acceptance in this worldwide phenomenal bestseller.

The Shack will be produced Academy Award nominee Gil Netter via his Netter Productions banner and Brad Cummings. Michael Paseornek, Lionsgate’s President of Motion Picture Production, Matthew Janzen, Lionsgate’s Vice President of Production & Development, and Bree Bailey, Lionsgate’s Director of Production and Development, will oversee the project for the studio.

It seems this religious tale of love, redemption and forgiveness will be aimed towards a certain audience and will most likely do quite well in the box office. There is currently no word on who will star in the adaptation or a projected release date.

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