'Heaven Is For Real' Movie Director Says, 'Heaven is Not Some Strange Place We Go To. Heaven is Home.' (TRAILER)

William RameauApr 15, 2014 07:07 PM EDT

Film director Randall Wallace revealed in a recent interview that he was spiritually attacked when shooting the "Heaven Is For Real" movie last year. Wallace is best known for directing many iconic films such as "Secretariat," "We Were Soldiers" and "The Man in the Iron Mask." During the filming of the movie, his family was stricken with tragedy.

"When I saw her die, I knew she was not dying," said Wallace to Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. "I found myself surprisingly comforted that my mother had not died at all, just her body had."

The film is based on a true story of Nebraskan pastor Todd Burpo and his family. In the New York Times #1 bestselling book, "Heaven Is For Real, Pastor Burpo revealed his then three-year-old son Colton's near death experience in 2003. In the trailer for the "Heaven Is For Real" movie starring actor Greg Kinnear, the video revealed some spectacular dialogue from the movie reflecting young Colton's heavenly experience. The child actor who portrayed young Colton was seen telling his mother about his sister that "died in your tummy," which no one in his family had told him about prior to his near death experience.

"In heaven, this little girl came up to me. She told me she died in your tummy," said the actor playing as Colton Burpo to his shocked parents in a scene from the "Heaven Is For Real," which became more dramatic because of the haunting soundtrack in the background.

In the interview with Billy Graham's organization, Wallace talked about a scene in the film where Colton reached his hand to Jesus after the Messiah offered his hand to the boy in Heaven.

"I think that's the nature of faith," said Wallace to Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. "Part of what it means to be a child is to accept that you are a child, that you are not in charge...There is a God. It's not me."

The "Heaven is for Real" film will arrive in in movie theaters on April 16.

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