At least one Chesterfield location will be prominent in a movie filmed in St. Louis, powered by a local man's life-over-death trauma, talented teams and regional services. On Fire shares an inspirational, true story of Webster Groves resident John O'Leary, who suffered near-fatal burns when he was 9 years old. The movie's slated for public release during November 2024.
A scene filmed in front of EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery was destined to reframe the eatery as a Colorado boutique hotel. The film's executive producer, Terry Schnuck, says beautiful mountains will be green-screened in back of EdgeWild. The Chesterfield Mall vicinity was among five weeks of filming and 12 weeks of post-production for this creative project.
Filming also took place at John's former favorite spots, including his parents’ home in Town & Country, Saratoga Lanes in Maplewood, Manchester, Busch Stadium, St. Louis University, Shrine of St. Joseph Catholic Church and even the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City.
"I'll never tire of telling the story of how people have shown up for me. Nor will I tire of hearing from others about the ones who did the same for them," says John, who was given a 1% chance of survival after a match and gas-related accident.
As John is fond of stating: "Remember, life will never be perfect this side of eternity. But it is good. The foundation is firm. And the best is yet to come."
Starring as adult John O’Leary is Joel Courtney. William H. Macy plays sportscaster Jack Buck. John Corbett portrays John's father, Dennis. His mother, Susan O’Leary, is played by Stephanie Szostak. Playing his wife, Beth O’Leary, is Masey McLain. DeVon Franklin is Nurse Roy.
"A little boy was burned on his entire body today. Probably isn't going to make it," sports announcer Jack Buck heard 36 years ago. What Jack did beyond that point is inspirational beyond belief. Catch the movie to find out!
"My friends, life is filled with miracles," John O'Leary, local best-selling author, motivational speaker, podcaster.