For some, it is unthinkable that the producer of such wildly popular TV shows like “The Voice,” “Survivor,” “The Apprentice,” and “Shark Tank” is the same producer who brought us the epic miniseries last spring, “The Bible.” And for some, it may be a surprise to know that that producer, Mark Burnett, is married to “that girl,” Roma Downey from TV’s “Touched by an Angel.” But it’s true and together, the pair is a powerhouse.
“The Bible” miniseries became the number one cable telecast of the year and was nominated for three Emmy® awards, meaning that it wasn’t just a good showing by the audience, but that the TV industry was impressed with it as well. On one hand, this shouldn’t be surprising since Burnett has had much success with many of the TV shows that he has created, but this one was his first miniseries and it aired on the History channel. Although happy with the success, he and Downey are not done yet.
Last week Twentieth Century Fox announced that it would be releasing “Son of God,” a follow up to “The Bible” series, into theaters nationwide on February 28, 2014. “Now, the larger-than-life story of Jesus gets a larger-than-life treatment” says the release. “Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, the film features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score from Oscar®-winner Hans Zimmer.” Diogo Morgado also reprises his role as Jesus, a role that was suited him well.
So far, only a few have seen the finished film, but those who have, have been impressed. “I’ve seen most of the films about Jesus produced in the past 50 years. “Son of God” stands alone, in a class by itself.” Says Pastor Rick Warren. “It is a powerful and poignant movie. The best Jesus movie I have ever seen.”
Rev. Sam Rodriguez, President of the Hispanics Evangelical Alliance says, “Son of God fills the big screen with two catalytic elements: the passion of the cross and the purpose of the empty tomb, forgiveness and eternal life. Son of God is not just a production worth watching it is a gift worth experiencing.”
“I would recommend to individuals, and particularly to families, this wonderful story of the Son of God in order to be inspired all over again with the story of God’s love for us, says Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington DC. “It is a joy to watch this film bring alive the pages of the Gospel to help us see what those who lived at the time of Jesus experienced.”
On the recent broadcast of the Dove Awards, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey shared that the reason that they have continued beyond “The Bible” series was simply because they felt a calling to do so. “We are very excited to be working with Twentieth Century Fox to release “Son of God” as a major motion picture,” said Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. “We responded to an overwhelming demand for the greatest story ever told to be seen as a shared experience on the big screen. The result is a beautiful stand-alone movie. It’s the story of Jesus for a whole new generation.”