Christian Couple’s Miraculous Story of Hope Lands Movie Director
By Tess Farrand, Associate Content Editor
Katherine and Jay Wolf never thought they would suffer through a threatening stroke, much less find a movie director to take their inspiring story of hope to the big screen.
“A guy named Sean McNamara who did the Bethany Hamilton story SOUL SURFER, he’s attached to direct HOPE HEALS now,” Jay Wolf told Movieguide®.
In 2008, then 26 year-old Katherine suffered a stroke that required brain surgery. Through sickness and in health, God taught the Wolfs the value of hope.
“Dear friends of ours who had really known us the whole time, pre and after stroke, ended up being the ones who wrote the script in the screenplay,” said Jay.
“We hold it really loosely but we do love and believe in the medium of film,” Jay added, “telling true stories and faith stories that are approachable to a broader audience, that would certainly be our hope.”
Hollywood productions are at a halt due to COVID-19 health measures, but the Wolfs are optimistic that in the future things will get rolling on the project.
Right now though, the Wolfs are dealing with virtual schooling for their two boys, James and John, and doing press for their second book, Suffer Strong.
Katherine pointed out that this time is just a season, something she and Jay know all too well.
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It’s been months since we’ve seen my parents, who have been very quarantined since my Dad is immunocompromised due to his multiple myeloma cancer battle. . Our visit was short and sweet and separated but good medicine for us all. Praying for more to come. . How are you navigating physically connecting to your people during this time? . #HopeWhileYouCopeCorona #SufferStrong #HopeHeals #HopeHealsFamily #tooblessedtobebitter
“We feel like that there are good and hard seasons in our life,” said Katherine.
“I think we’ve also seen from the beginning that our story was always this almost allegory, if we were able to tell it correctly,” Jay said.
Jay added, “[We didn’t want the movie to] just be about this crazy thing that happened to this couple and was kind of unrelatable but rather, was an embodiment of everybody’s story of, you know, life not turning out how we thought it would.”
Post COVID-19, the Wolf’s are confident that their story might inspire hope for audiences.
For the family of four, scripture guides their daily lives. In the past, Katherine cited Romans 8;28 as a source of comfort and added to Movieguide® that 2 Corinthians 4 is a passage her family loves.
Verses 8 and 9 read, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
Amen and amen!
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On the other side of this breaking, there has been more breaking, more wounding, more sorrow, and more unknowns. . But on the other side of this breaking, there has also been new life, new purpose, new compassion, and new joy. , Don’t stop hoping for it, believing in it, or persevering toward it. And we won’t either. . #SufferStrong #HopeHeals #HopeWhileYouCope #TheGoodHardLife #TooBlessedToBeBitter . 📸 by @bryanjohnsonstudio at the @SufferStrong book launch party
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