Christian Slater in a Christian Christmas flick?

Production Weekly reports that Christian Slater and Elle Fanning will star in an adaptation of Karen Kingsbury’s Gideon’s Gift:

One long-ago Christmas, Big Earl Gibson (Slater) lost the two things most precious to him-his wife and daughter. Angry and heartbroken, he abandoned his belief in God and is now living on the street. Gideon Mercer (Fanning) is an eight-year-old leukemia patient determined to reach out to this lonely and hurting man. And Earl is just as determined to rebuff her. It is only through a miracle that Earl finally comes to understand the true meaning of Christmas. And it’s only then that he can return the favor with a precious gift of his own.

At the moment, I have no idea who’s producing this, though I have heard Kingsbury’s name mentioned before as one of the Christian writers whose works will provide the basis for future FoxFaith efforts. In the meantime, the Associated Press reports that the state of New Mexico is loaning the filmmakers $5 million.

Oh, and one other thing: Isn’t Gideon a boy’s name!?

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