Colton Burpo's story has been told incessantly through a multitude of media appearances and his father's popular book, "Heaven Is for Real." The boy, now 13, was only four-years-old when he claims to have visited heaven during a near-death experience in 2003. Now, his story is slated to gain even more traction, as it is getting the Hollywood treatment and coming to the big screen in early 2014.
Photo Credit: Thomas Nelson/Todd Burpo
The movie, which began shooting July 17, finishes filming this week. It stars Greg Kinnear, who plays Todd, and Kelly Reilly, who plays Sonja, Colton's mother. Perhaps most notably, the film is directed by Randall Wallace, the man who wrote the screenplay for "Braveheart" and who directed "We Were Soldiers."
As TheBlaze has reported in the past, while in heaven, the young boy claims he saw Jesus and came in contact with relatives who passed away before he was born. The most captivating revelation stemming from Colton’s alleged visit, though, was his insistence that he met a sister his parents never told him about -- a baby that his mother lost to a miscarriage.
A description of the book (written by Todd Burpo), which the film is predicated upon, gives even more details about what can be expected:
"In heaven, Colton met his miscarried sister whom no one ever had told him about and his great-grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born. He shared impossible-to-know details about each. Colton went on to describe the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how 'reaaally big' God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit 'shoots down power' from heaven to help us."
And here's a CBN News report from 2011 that tells the story through the family's own words:
Christians and people of faith will surely appreciate the film, as it speaks to the alleged existence of a higher power. Already, the young boy has inspired and intrigued audiences. The "Heaven Is For Real" movie will simply add to this dynamic, giving the Burpo family an even larger megaphone to tell their story.