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Link to our thread on J.A. Bayona's The Impossible (2012), with which this film should not be confused.

Links to our threads on Mission: Impossible 3, 4, 5 and 6 -- just because.

Links to our threads on previous DeVon Franklin productions Heaven Is for Real (2014), Miracles from Heaven (2016) and The Star (2017). He also has an acting credit, playing a preacher in Woodlawn (2015).

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Fox, DeVon Franklin Set Miracle Tale ‘The Impossible’
EXCLUSIVE: Fox and Miracles From Heaven producer DeVon Franklin have preemptively acquired The Impossible, a book proposal by Joyce Smith that tells the inspiring true story of John Smith. When he was 14, Smith drowned in Lake St. Louis and was dead for nearly an hour. According to reports at the time, CPR was performed 27 minutes to no avail. Then the youth’s mother, Joyce Smith, entered the room, praying loudly. Suddenly, there was a pulse, and Smith came around. Seven Pounds scribe Grant Nieporte is attached to write the script while Smith finishes the book. It is the first project set at Fox for Franklin Entertainment since the producer moved his deal there. Smith’s story made national headlines in 2015, and the book proposal hatched a bidding battle won by Hachette Books, which will publish later this year.
Deadline.com, January 18

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

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Got a press release for the book today:

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Miraculous True Story of Mother’s Faith and Child’s Resurrection Defies All History, Experts and Science

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 18, 2017) – The inspiring and incredible true story of Joyce Smith and her son John, told through The Impossible- The Miraculous Story of a Mother’s Faith and Her Child’s Resurrection is set to release through Hachette Book Group, Tuesday, November 7.  An upcoming film is also in development through 20th Century Fox, by Executive Producer DeVon Franklin (Heaven is for Real, Miracles from Heaven).

When Joyce Smith's 14-year-old son John fell through an icy Missouri lake one winter morning, she had seemingly lost everything. At the hospital, John lay lifeless for more than 60 minutes. They asked themselves, “How could God do this to us?” But Joyce was not ready to give up on her son. She mustered all her faith and strength and cried out to God in a loud and desperate plea to save her son.  Immediately, her son's heart miraculously started beating again.

Through this story, Joyce hopes to touch those who believe in miracles and healing, but also reach those who are seeking bigger answers by representing the true power of prayer and the realness and nearness of God.  This story will change how we look at the world and handle our everyday experiences, and reinforce our belief in God and the way we pray.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that our family would embark on such a miraculous journey or have the divine honor and privilege to share such an amazing story of God's mighty healing power,” states Joyce Smith.  “Each and every day I am eternally grateful for God answering this mother's prayers in such a profound way.  Nothing is impossible with God, He always has the final word.”

In the days after John’s accident, he would defy every expert, every case history, and every scientific prediction. Sixteen days after falling through the ice and being pronounced clinically dead for an hour, John Smith walked out of the hospital on his own two feet, completely healed.

“We have spent the last two years searching around the world to see if there is another case like John’s and we have found one that has some of the same characteristics,” said  Dr. Jeremy Garrett, Cardinal Glennon PICU Doctor Area expert on drowning and Hypothermia. Adding, “John is the only person we can find who has survived and come back 100 percent in the world that we know of.”   

THE IMPOSSIBLE is about a profound truth: prayer really works. God uses it to remind us that He is always with us, and when paired with unwavering faith, nothing is impossible.

For more information, please visit:

Website: www.theimpossiblebook.com  www.hachettebookgroup.com  

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