Warner Bros. Dials Up Mitch Albom’s ‘First Phone Call from Heaven’

Dave McNary
VarietyMarch 26, 2014

Warner Bros. is taking “The First Phone Call from Heaven,” buying movie rights to Mitch Albom’s inspirational novel.

The project has been set up with Warner-based Denise DiNovi and Alison Greenspan.

It’s the first feature film rights deal for Albom, who’s also written similar faith-based titles such as  “Tuesdays with Morrie,” “For One More day,” “Have a Little Faith” and “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” — all of which were made into TV movies.

“First Phone Call From Heaven” is set in a town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife and centered on a grief-stricken single father determined to find out if the calls are hoaxes.

Di Novi’s produced “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “You’re Not You,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and the upcoming Will Smith-Margot Robbie drama “Focus” for the studio.

Chantal Nong and Cate Adams will oversee for Warner Bros.

The deal was brokered by CAA and The David Black Agency.

News was first reported by Deadline.com

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