Fox has given a script-to-series commitment to “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” based on the novel by Mitch Albom.
Albom will write the adaptation and executive produce with Keith Eisner (“Designated Survivor,” “The Good Wife”). Warner Bros. TV and Fox Entertainment will produce.
The one-hour drama series will use the same characters from the novel, including Eddie, who dies on his 83rd birthday at the beginning of the book. According to Fox, “‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven’ will explore each character’s unique journey in this world and the next. With heaven as the place where your life is finally explained to you — by five people you touched — the ongoing storylines of interwoven characters will explore larger themes such as redemption, love, hope and human connection.”
“The Five People You Meet in Heaven” was published by Hyperion in 2003. A TV-movie version of the story starring Jon Voight came out in 2005. Albom’s other novels include the sequel “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven,” as well as “Tuesdays With Morrie,” “Have a Little Faith,” and the upcoming “Finding Chika,” which comes out in November.
Albom is repped by CAA, David Black Literary Agency, and Eric Brown and Michael Rudell at Franklin Weinrib Rudell & Vassallo.