Classic Garth Brooks Hit Inspires New Movie

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Okay, we all know Garth Brooks is one of the more considerably powerful entertainers out there. It's a true testament to his artistic strength, however, that I can report the following: One of his songs, released a full two decades ago, is the inspiration for a new made-for-TV movie.

The tune in question is 1990's massive hit, "Unanswered Prayers," which draws upon the timeless theme of everything working out for the best in the end. In Brooks's version, a man prays fervently for a certain girl, ends up marrying a different one, and then realizes in time that he's with the right partner. In other words: "I guess the Lord knows what he's doing after all."

The Lifetime network movie--also titled "Unanswered Prayers," and which stars Eric Close, Madchen Amick and Samantha Mathis--mirrors Brooks's tale. Just like the protagonist of the song, who runs into his high-school flame "at a hometown football game," the film centers around a happily married man who is forced to confront his past when an old girlfriend comes to town.

"Through his music, Garth Brooks is one of the greatest American storytellers ever, and we couldn't be more excited to be working with him on adapting 'Unanswered Prayers' into a major original movie," Tanya Lopez, senior vice president of original movies of Lifetime Networks, said in a statement.

"There's a reason Garth is one of the top-selling recording artists of all-time," she added. "His work touches so many people."

Brooks will serve as an executive producer on the film, which is set to shoot in Virginia and premiere in November.

Given that we all know exactly how Brooks's tune ends, it seems as if the song might serve as a plot spoiler for the movie--I mean, how can we expect anything but a happy ending, here, right? But hey, I'll reserve judgement until I watch for myself.

Are you excited to see Garth's classic hit brought to life on the small screen? Be sure to let me know your thoughts.

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