*Forest Whitaker continues to collect projects in the wake of his staring turn in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”
The actor is currently in negotiations to direct “The Shack,” an adaptation of the bestselling William Paul Young novel that Summit Entertainment acquired in April 2013.
The logline: In the aftermath of a devastating personal tragedy, Mackenzie Allen Philips receives a mysterious note in his mailbox inviting him to The Shack. The letter is signed Papa, his wife’s nickname for God. Mack responds and finds himself in the presence of God, and a life-transforming journey of truth, forgiveness, and ultimately acceptance.
Whitaker would also play a supporting role in the movie, which is being written by John Fusco and produced by Gill Netter and Brad Cummings, reports Deadline.com.
As previously reported, Whitaker – also a producer on “Fruitvale Station” – is in discussions to join Liam Neeson in “Taken 3,” which Olivier Megaton will direct.
His own directing credits include 2004’s “First Daughter” starring Katie Holmes, 1998’s romantic drama “Hope Floats” and 1995’s “Waiting To Exhale” adapted from Terry McMillan’s novel.