At the Variety summit this week , Mark Burnett retold some of the stories that will be featured in the show. Scripture movies and miniseries are usually low budget. This one is not!
A Christian himself, Burnett’s passion for Scripture and talent in storytelling was clearly evident as he recounted the story of Zedekiah. The crowd of about 300 people consisted of creative artists, business executives and journalists, and they all seemed to hang on his every word as he spoke. He could have spoken on the production or business side of the miniseries, and that would have been beneficial in its own way, but he wanted to convey what the series was really about–faith and love.
Burnett, who grew up with a knowledge of Scripture, said, “People apply personal meanings to the Bible. Our job is to tell the stories in an emotionally connected way.” He hopes to create an experience that will inspire many generations to come.
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The plan is for the miniseries to premiere early next year on the History channel. Clips from the recently completed shoot received a standing ovation at the retail show. The scenes focused on Abraham, Moses, Jesus and key moments in the Bible.
Actor Nonso Anozie on HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ where he played Xaro Xhoan Daxos will play the role “Samson” and this to say about the filming:
Much of the production took place in Morocco and the Middle East, using some of the same locations as the movies Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven. Though the budget of the series has not been revealed, Burnett says it’s not his most expensive project. Production is supposed to be finished summer of 2013.
It’s a series of ten episodes from Genesis to Revelations, they’re taking out the prominent stories and I’m lucky enough to play Samson. I’ve always wanted to play this part, I watched Victor Mature play Samson in Cecil B. DeMille’s Samson and Delilah and I loved it. If you’re not familiar with the story, Samson is sent by God to lead his people, the Israelites, out of bondage by the Philistines. Unfortunately he doesn’t get his power straight away, he’s besotted by Philistine women, especially Delilah with whom he’s madly in love. It’s a great role, he’s the original Superman.