Oprah, Albom Reteam at ABC
Adaptation of bestseller 'For One More Day' set for December
The film, saddled with the somewhat unwieldy title of "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day," is scheduled to begin production in the summer, with a likely premiere date in December. The movie is based on Albom's "For One More Day," which was one the best-selling new book of 2006.
Albom will adapt his own work for the project and serve as an executive producer with Winfrey and Kate Forte; they previously collaborated on the Emmy-winning "Tuesdays With Morrie," which aired on ABC in 1999. Lloyd Kramer, who directed the adaptation of Albom's "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" for ABC a few years back, will do the same on "For One More Day."
"Oprah Winfrey and Kate Forte did a wonderful job with the movie of 'Tuesdays with Morrie,' and it is an honor to be working with them again," Albom says. "They tell beautiful stories with their films -- and I've witnessed Lloyd's excellent work up close -- so I know 'For One More Day' is in very good hands."
"For One More Day" tells the story of an alcoholic ex-ballplayer who, after reaching the end of his rope, attempts suicide. But, as ABC puts it, "he is magically granted one more day with his departed mother, who illuminates the secrets of both their lives and shows him a way to redemption."
The movie will be the seventh under the "Oprah Winfrey Presents" banner at ABC. The most recent one, "Their Eyes Were Watching God," drew better than 24 million viewers in March 2005.