If you thought the popularity surrounding History Channel's "The Bible" had run its course, consider the fact that producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are reportedly in talks to create a three-hour feature film. And plans for a follow-up television series may be in the works as well.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, theaters across the globe have already made offers to show the project, which is apparently complete. The release of the film is expected to come in the fall, with the majority of its focus on Christianity's central figure: Jesus Christ.
Producer Mark Burnett (L) and actress/producer Roma Downey attend the 18th Annual LA Times Festival Of Books at USC on April 21, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Getty Images for LA Times
"We're cutting a movie version right now, a three-hour version of Jesus and [we have] many, many offers from theaters globally," Burnett said in an interview with the Reporter.
"We’ve already done it. It’s just a matter of choosing exactly [how to release it]," Burnett added, according to Entertainment Weekly (these latter comments were made during an NBC Universal event).
The project will reportedly be a condensed version of the series that already aired on History -- but for those looking for fresh, new content, Burnett and Downey likely won't disappoint.
Producer James Mark Burnett (L) and actress Roma Downey attend The Kaleidoscope Ball - Designing The Future benefitting the UCLA Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA at Beverly Hills Hotel on April 17, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. Credit: Getty Images for BWR
Entertainment Weekly explains:
Meanwhile, Burnett confirms he’s working on a follow-up to The Bible, which he later estimated could be more than a year from release. “I have scripts in my bag that I just received today for what’s next,” he said. “Clearly we are people of faith, so it’s not a show to us. And to all those people who rolled our eyes at us three years ago and said, ‘No one is going to watch the Bible on TV,’ we’re glad they were wrong, and we feel blessed.”
He adds: ”It’s going to be a bunch of episodes in the same world because we feel there’s a void and we’re filling that void.”
Burnett also noted that the DVD of the series sold a year's worth of projected units in just six days.
(H/T: Hollywood Reporter)