Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s 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.”
Burnett, who is hoping for a fall release, says the film will focus on the Resurrection–and hinted that it will go farther.
“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,” he told the New York Post.
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.”
“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.