Oscar winner Forest Whitaker is in negotiations to write, direct and star in a big screen adaptation of bestselling novel The Shack. Movie executives at Summit Entertainment acquired the film rights to William Paul Young's spiritual book last year (13) and now they are keen to bring the Lee Daniels' The Butler star onboard to take charge of the project. The 2007 release follows the story of a man who receives a note, seemingly from God, four years after his daughter is abducted while on a family vacation. If Whitaker signs on, The Shack will become the first film he both directs and appears in. He previously stepped behind the camera for the movie adaptation of Waiting to Exhale in 1995, 1998 romantic drama Hope Floats and 2004's First Daughter. It's shaping up to be a busy year (14) for Whitaker - he is also in talks to join Liam Neeson in a third instalment of his hit action franchise Taken, while he will receive the Chairman's Award for his humanitarian work at the 45th annual NAACP Image Awards next month (Feb14).