Taking Jesus from the Bible to the Big Screen
Mark Burnett rejoins actress and wife Roma Downey in "Son of God."
BY: C. Gatti
Cee Lo Green’s version of Mary, did you know? played during the credits of the “Son of God,” a film detailing the life of Jesus Christ. During the prescreening events in 20 cities, many in the audience wept, according to the creators. Not just from the lyrics, but by observing the Savior’s life unfold so dramatically across the screen.
“People are just sitting back stunned,” said TV producer Mark Burnett, who believes that Biblical-based films can reach all denominations. “After they gathered their thoughts, there’s a huge standing ovation. We know the movie will stand the test of time. It’s beautiful, and a great tool for churches to encourage people to get to know Jesus.”
Burnett rejoins actress and wife Roma Downey on the heels of the “The Bible,” a 10-part miniseries that aired on The History Channel last spring where over 12 million people tuned into the premiere. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado will reprise his role as Jesus in “Son of God.”
After the scenes were constructed for “The Bible,” the duo realized they also had a feature film with additional unseen footage.