DeVon Franklin says his next film will be about the true story of a Missouri teenager who died after drowning in a lake in 2015 and was brought back to life after his mother cried out to God.
Doctors couldn't find the heartbeat of 14-year-old John Smith after he fell through ice and laid at the bottom of Lake Saint Louise in St. Charles County, Missouri, for an estimated 15 minutes. Even though he was pronounced dead, John's mother Joyce Smith refused to give up on praying for her child.
Two weeks later, he walked out of the hospital and now she's telling the story in her new book, The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother's Faith and Her Child's Resurrection. While the news of John's story went viral, an appearance on "The 700 Club" led to an encounter with preacher, best-selling author and Hollywood producer DeVon Franklin last year.
After asking for their contact information, Franklin shared his vision for their story.
"I said, 'I believe there's a book in here, and I believe that there's a movie. If you just trust me, I guarantee you, we're going to get both done,'" he said, The St. Louis American reported. "God has put me in the industry to help bring stories that validate who He is to the world. I am on assignment to help get your story to the world."
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