Garth Brooks song 'Unanswered Prayers' to become Lifetime movie

Unanswered-PrayersImage Credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PR Photos; Pixplanete/PR PhotosWell, we already know how it’ll end, but then again, is that different from any other Lifetime movie? The sweet and simple Garth Brooks song “Unanswered Prayers” is being made into a Lifetime original, the network confirms. Without a Trace‘s Eric Close will star as the husband who’s torn between his wife (Samantha Mathis) and what could’ve been with his high school crush (M├Ądchen Amick), who comes back to town. Brooks is among the executive producers on the film, which will premiere in November. Presumably Lifetime went with “Unanswered Prayers” over the tearjerker “The Dance” because it’s a happier ending. (The husband recalls how he used to pray each night for that crush to be his. As the chorus concludes: “Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers/ Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs/ That just because he doesn’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care/ Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.”) For me, the only question is whether Close will first see Amick at a hometown football game, or if that’s where he’ll have his big revelation. (I vote the latter. Cue the music!)

What do you think? I’m struck by how much this sounds like the idea Clint Black was pitching a year ago — a TV anthology series called American Storytellers that would bring current and classic country songs to life in dramatic one-hour episodes. A Lifetime movie really is the way to go though. What country song would you like to see the network tackle next, should it opt for another? I’d suggest Lorrie Morgan’s “Something in Red.”

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  • Monica

    I vote for Reba McIntire – Fancy!!

    • Karate Pants

      Second that!

      • Connie

        That would be excellent. But I hope they would strictly stick to the story in the song. Plenty of info there. This movie was very good but I didn’t expect the guy to be so foolish before he wised up.

    • reason

      That was my first thought!! Good Job Monica!

      • reason

        also Sugarland’s Stay and Martina McBride’s Anyway could be a great ensemble piece worthy of the big screen!

    • brandi

      That would be awesome!

  • stickittotheman

    I vote Toby Keith’s I Ain’t As Good As I Once Was.

    • Big Walt

      Beer Run

  • katiej

    Check Yes or No by George Strait

  • Karate Pants

    Goodbye, Earl?
    Oh wait, that’s probably already been done…many times. This IS Lifetime we’re talking about.

    • jasper

      omg you are soooo funny, girl

  • Stefani

    The thunder rolls by garth brooks

  • jasper

    This movie is about 20 years too late.

  • deeLite

    Independence Day, Martina McBride

    • MW

      That was my first thought, too.

  • kjm

    if you are talking lifetime and tearjerkers then The Little Girl by John Michael Montgomery would be your best bet

  • Brandi

    That Summer and The Beaches of Cheyenne both by Garth Brooks

  • Jennifer

    What about “don’t take the girl” by tim mcgraw?

    • Monica

      That would be a good one!

  • LM

    You guys are all going the Lifetime, weepy direction. My pick is Hank Williams Jr.’s A Country Boy Can Survive. That would be a kick ass thriller.

    • Monica

      What other direction can you go on Lifetime? I thought that was their only option. I could see your song on a CMT original movie.

      • LM

        I didn’t catch that it was specifying Lifetime movies. Oh well, then I guess I would have to go with George Jones, He Stopped Loving Her Today.

  • brandi

    What about “A Boy Named Sue” by Johnny Cash.

    • matt kaminski

      now THAT would make a great movie!!!

  • Desmo

    Who is this Garth Brooks I keep hearing about? Some cross burning hillbilly hick?

    • Haley

      you are kidding, i hope.

    • Missy

      how can you not know who Garth Brooks is. Oviously you are not Country because anyone who is country knows Garth Brooks. He is only the best Male Vocalist of all times.

      • country@heart

        Garth is a great country singer! As a matter of fact Lookin back on the memory of… is part of a tattoo on my back!!!! AND THE DANCE WILL BE PLAYED AT MY FUNERAL SOMEDAY!!! WE HAVE ALL MADE MISTAKES IN LIFE AND HAVE FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES !! I CAN NOT wait to see UNANSWERED PRAYERS!

      • Misty

        I vote for Alyssa Lies by Jason Michael Carrol. That would be a real tearjerker with a message about abuse.

  • Laurie

    Anything by Reba! “Soon” by Tanya Tucker! And for fun, “Did I Shave My Leg For This?” by Deana Carter!

  • futile truth

    the corn of Garth plus the cheese of Lifetime will result in a 50lb bag of artistic Frito-Lays.

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