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.