Author and newspaper columnist Mitch Albom will work for the third time with ABC and the second time with Oprah Winfrey to turn his latest best-selling book into a made-for-television movie.
Casting is under way and filming is expected to begin in July for the two-hour movie version of For One More Day. It’s tentatively scheduled to air in December.
The movie, produced by Winfrey’s Harpo Films, will carry the Oprah Winfrey Presents title as did the 1999 film adaptation of Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie.
Albom wrote the teleplay and will serve as an executive producer. He told the Detroit Free Press for a story Tuesday that Winfrey saw For One More Day in manuscript form and expressed early interest.
The book, which tells the story of a former baseball player who plans to end his life but finds redemption when he gets the chance to spend another day with his dead mother, debuted last year at No. 1 on The New York Times bestseller list and has more than 4 million copies in print.
“We’re thrilled to once again see (Winfrey and Albom) partnered up,” ABC Entertainment president Steve McPherson told Variety. “We’re really only targeting these big franchise films, and a select group of minis that make sense for us.”
Lloyd Kramer, who directed Albom’s second book-to-movie, the Hallmark Entertainment-produced The Five People You Meet in Heaven, will direct For One More Day.