Marc Forster to Produce and Possibly Direct ‘Heretics’

Marcus Hinchey is writing the religious drama, which is based on an episode of “This American Life”

"Machine Gun Preacher" director Marc Forster is moving from one preacher to another.

"All Good Things" screenwriter Marcus Hinchey is adapting "Heretics," a true-life tale based on an episode of NPR's "This American Life" that's being developed as a potential directing vehicle for Marc Forster.

The religious drama follows Carlton Pearson, a rising star in the evangelical movement who was ostracized by his own church and declared a heretic after he started preaching that there is no Hell.

Forster (left) and Bradford Simpson's company Apparatus is teaming up with James D. Stern's Endgame Entertainment and "This American Life" host Ira Glass and his producing partner Alissa Shipp to produce "Heretics."

In a press release sent to TheWrap on Tuesday, Glass described the story as "a classic, old-fashioned movie plot: a man who stands up for what he believes and loses everything because of it." Glass also points out that the project will allow the filmmakers to "tell a story about evangelical Christians from their perspective, not from the outside."

The film will be financed by Endgame, which recently partnered with Glass and Shipp to produce the spy thriller "Wenceslas Square." That project is being fast-tracked for production with Phillip Noyce attached to produce. Endgame is in post-production on Roger Donaldson's "The Hungry Rabbit Jumps," starring Nicolas Cage.

Forster is currently directing Apparatus' "Machine Gun Preacher" for Lionsgate. The film stars Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan and Michael Shannon and is scheduled to be released in September 2011.

Groundswell's mystery movie "All Good Things" still doesn't have a release date despite wrapping production in the summer of 2008.

Hinchey is represented by WME, while CAA represents Forster.