Summit Entertainment Acquires William Paul Young's The Shack Summit Entertainment has acquired the feature film rights to The Shack, the best-selling novel by William Paul Young, which was originally published out of a garage by Brad Cummings and Wayne Jacobsen. The project will be produced by Academy Award nominee Gil Netter via his Netter Productions banner and Brad Cummings. In the aftermath of a devastating personal tragedy, Mackenzie Allen Philips receives a mysterious note in his mailbox inviting him to "The Shack", signed by "Papa", his wife�s nickname for God. Mack responds and finds himself on a life-transforming journey of truth, forgiveness, and ultimately acceptance in this worldwide phenomenal bestseller. First published in 2007, �The Shack� has to date sold over 18 million copies worldwide, 10 million in the United States, and over 8 million internationally, being translated into 39 different languages. The novel has been on the New York Times Best Seller list for over 180 consecutive weeks, topping the list at #1 for 52 of them, and has also been on the USA Today Top 150 List for 188 weeks. Ranked by Nielsen as the Top Best-Selling Book of 2008 and 2nd Best-Selling Book of 2009, �The Shack� has been featured in national profiles as diverse as Newsweek, TIME, People, and The New York Times. Michael Paseornek, Lionsgate�s President of Motion Picture Production, Matthew Janzen, Lionsgate�s Vice President of Production & Development, and Bree Bailey, Lionsgate�s Director of Production and Development, will oversee the project for the studio.