Mark Burnett’ and Roma Downeys popular miniseries “The Bible,” which pulled in around 100 million U.S. viewers along its 10-episode stretch, is being recut into a movie. Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Burnett said, “We’re cutting a movie version right now, a three-hour version of Jesus and [we have] many, many offers from theaters globally.”
Should the story continue, the stories would fall “in the same world,” Burnett said. “We feel there is a void, and we’re filling that void.”
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The Bible debuted to 13.1 million viewers March 3 and wrapped up Easter Sunday with 11.7 million viewers. Internationally, The Bible beat hockey in Canada; it was tops in Spain, and it had a 37 share in Portugal.
For Burnett, he was confident the mini would be a success, crediting God as a vital force. “It’s a God voice,” Burnett said. “It’s clearly a calling; clearly, we felt it was something we had to do, and too many things happened to explain it any other way. It’s a juggernaut, and it’s not going to slow down.”
The Bible, like History’s Hatfields & McCoys, already has proven a valuable asset to the cable network as it looks to bolster its original programming. History used Bible as a lead-in for its first original scripted drama, Vikings, which already has been renewed for a second season.
The Bible is already the fastest-selling DVD for a miniseries ever.
Take a look at the Miniseries in Photos!
The History Channel The Bible Replay In Pictures
1. Adam1 of 30
2. Eve2 of 30
3. The Fall3 of 30
4. Abraham Follows Orders4 of 30
5. Moses Leads5 of 30
6. The Plot6 of 30
7. Rahab Plans7 of 30
8. Joshua Leads The Battle8 of 30
9. Samson and his Mother9 of 30
10. Samson fights10 of 30
11. Delilah Cuts Samson's hair11 of 30
12. King Saul during the Good Days12 of 30
13. David Beats Goliath13 of 30
14. King Saul faces the emptiness14 of 30
15. david-with-bathsheba15 of 30
16. Bathsheba16 of 30
17. King Zedekiah17 of 30
18. Facing Bablyon18 of 30
19. Daniel Faces The Lion's Den19 of 30
20. Mary & Joseph flee to Egypt20 of 30
21. Jesus baptized by John the Baptist21 of 30
22. Peter the Fisherman22 of 30
23. Jesus walks on water23 of 30
24. Jesus and his followers24 of 30
25. The Last Supper25 of 30
26. Mary stands alone.26 of 30
27. Jesus and Mary meet on the road to Golgotha27 of 30
28. The Cross28 of 30
29. Jesus Makes All Things New29 of 30
30. The Ministry Continues With You30 of 30
Which story do you want to see on the big screen?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter and Charisma Magazine