Oprah Winfrey and Mitch Albom Will Reunite for the Television Event Motion Picture of "For One More Day" to Air in December
Harpo Films will produce the film under its “Oprah Winfrey Presents” banner for ABC. Principal photography is scheduled for July; the program will air in December 2007. Oprah Winfrey and Kate Forte are executive producers. Mitch Albom is writing the teleplay and will also serve as an executive producer. Lloyd Kramer (“Mitch Albom’s Five People You Meet in Heaven”) will direct.
The project tells the story of a broken-down, former baseball player who has collapsed into alcoholism and despair. He returns one night to his small hometown with plans to take his life. At the final moment, 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.
Their previous collaboration, “Tuesdays With Morrie," yielded four Emmy wins, including for Outstanding Made-For-Television Movie and Outstanding Lead Actor In A Mini-Series or Movie. “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,” said Albom. “They tell beautiful stories with their films, so I know For One More Day is in very good hands.”
This is the 7th telefilm on ABC for the “Oprah Winfrey Presents” franchise. The most recent outing, “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” starring Halle Berry, was the most-watched telefilm on any network since 1999, with almost 25 million viewers. Albom’s "Five People" was the most-watched TV film of 2003 with nearly 22 million viewers.