From TV to silver screen: 'Bible' movie in the works
By SEAN DALY
Last Updated: 11:27 AM, April 23, 2013
Posted: 8:29 AM, April 23, 2013
Jesus is heading back to the big screen.
TV producer Mark Burnett revealed Monday that he is preparing a three-hour movie version of his hit History Channel mini-series, “The Bible.”
The film will contain “recut scenes and extra stuff” from the record breaking television event and could be released as early as this fall.
“Clearly the big focus is the Resurrection,” Burnett told The Post.
“Very few people have ever done anything beyond the crucifixion. No one has ever seen Pentecost before. And the Ascension. And the following trial of Peter and John. “
Burnett and wife Roma Downey — who act as co-executive producers — have no studio lined up yet, but may choose to release the film independently.
“We’ve had many, many offers from theaters globally,” he said.
“Someone came to us [offering to show it in] 24 arenas.”Plans are also in the works to create additional installments for television that would be “in the same world” as the original series.
“The Bible” drew more than 100 million viewers worldwide, despite initial skepticism from many critics.
“For all those people who rolled their eyes three ago and said ‘nobody is going to watch the Bible on TV,' we are glad they are wrong,” Burnett said.