'The Bible' series may head to theaters as a feature film
History's record-breaking 10-part miniseries "The Bible" could be headed to movie theaters.
"We're cutting a movie version right now, a three-hour version of Jesus and (we have) many, many offers from theaters globally," executive producer Mark Burnett told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday at NBCUniversal summer press day. Burnett said the movie version will have a big focus on the Resurrection. He is eying a fall release.
Burnett also shared that there is a distinct possibility that more stories will be told for "The Bible," a passion project for he and wife Roma Downey.
"It's never actually stopped, but I do have scripts in my bag that I just received today for what's next," he told THR.
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.