Scotty McCreery’s No. 1 hit song “Five More Minutes” has inspired a Hallmark Christmas movie.
The American Idol season 10 winner is an executive producer on the film, which stars Nikki DeLoach (“Awkward.”) and David Haydn-Jones (“Supernatural”).
“They own the Christmas season,” Scotty shared with CMT about his reasons for partnering with Hallmark. “We’ve been in talks with them for a while. They heard the song and loved the song, and wanted to find a way to incorporate it into a movie. It’s a cool way; they’re taking the grandfather theme, which is how ‘Five More Minutes’ got started.”
Five More Minutes, the movie, was written by Nikki Deloach (Awkward) and Megan McNulty. In the film, a woman’s Christmas wish is answered when her late grandfather’s journal turns up and reveals a secret romance.
“‘Five More’ is always going to be extra special,” Scotty told CMT. “It’s for my grandfather, and it helped me heal after losing him. People tell me their stories every day about what it means to them, and now Hallmark wants to do a movie on it. It just shows you the power of a song.”
Released as the first song from his Gold-certified album, Seasons Change, the 2x Platinum “Five More Minutes” reached No. 2 on the iTunes country singles chart and No. 9 on the iTunes all-genre singles chart when it was released in 2017, and debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Country Digital Sales Chart. The chart-topping track was penned with Frank Rogers and Monty Criswell.
The film Five More Minutes debuts on the Hallmark Channel Saturday November 20 at 10 pm ET/PT. Here’s a fuller synopsis:
Christmas at the Candy Cane Confectionary has been bringing joy and delicacies to the
community for over 50 years. When, Jerry (Eric Keenleyside, “Martha’s Vineyard Mysteries”), the
owner, suddenly passes away, his granddaughter Clara (DeLoach) and her mother Bonnie (Sherry
Miller, “The Virgin Suicides”) are faced with their first Christmas without him. Clara wishes for
five more minutes with the grandfather who always helped her through tough times. Clara’s wish
is answered in unexpected ways when a journal from her grandfather’s past turns up in the store
and a young man named Jay (Alexander Jones, “The Christmas Doctor”) answers a help wanted
post. Through her grandfather’s journal, Clara discovers his first great love from the past as she
faces her feelings about her own first love in the present day with Logan (Haydn-Jones), while
Bonnie may have the chance to love again.