6 June 2014 8:52 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The great beyond--or, maybe, the almost-great beyond--is getting some real screen time these days.  There was "Heaven Is For Real" earlier this year, about a young boy who visits heaven during an emergency surgery.  And now there's "If I Stay," the Chloë Grace Moretz starrer about an aspiring musician sent into a coma by a terrible car accident who undergoes a day-long out-of-body experience and must decide whether or not to return to the living. The film's been in the works for a few years since an adaptation of the best-selling source novel was announced in 2010.  Dakota Fanning and Emily Browning were both considered for the lead role before it went to Moretz, and two directors (Catherine Hardwicke and then Heitor Dhalia) were attached before R.J. Cutler (the documentarian behind "The September Issue" and "The World According to Dick Cheney") was handed the baton to head for the finish line. »


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