Mark Burnett Prepping ‘The Bible’ Miniseries For Theatrical Release

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Mark Burnett said today that his mega-rated History Channel miniseries The Bible is being recut into a single three-hour edition for theatrical release. Burnett revealed the news tonight following an NBC Summer Press Day closing panel promoting The Voice, which he exec produces. Burnett said that it has no studio affiliation or distribution agreement yet but that he has “many offers” for getting the revised version into theaters on a global scale. One option would be to distribute it himself, with a target goal of this fall. “We’re in the position where it’s just a matter of choosing” the right venue and situation, Burnett emphasized. “We could put it into arenas. There are a lot of possible choices we could go with.” He hinted that going the unconventional route is his likely first choice, a scenario reminiscent of Mel Gibson’s with his feature The Passion Of The Christ back in 2004. “We kind of operate outside the business, we do our own thing,” Burnett said. “It’s a good position to be in.” Burnett exulted that The Bible was viewed in the United States alone by some 100 million people and tens of millions more internationally. “All of those people who rolled their eyes three years ago and said nobody’s going to watch The Bible on TV, well, they were wrong,” he said. “But I wasn’t surprised. I knew it would work like it did.” How did he know? “God,” Burnett replied. “It was God’s voice. Too many things happened to see it any other way.”

Comments (40)

  • Shouldn’t this be on Syfy?

    Comment by Hank Petchow — Monday April 22, 2013 @ 6:56pm PDT  
    • Five stars, Hank. That one made me laugh out loud. Thanks!

      Comment by tellmehowthatgoes — Monday April 22, 2013 @ 10:49pm PDT  
      • Old joke by anti-Christ fools. Nice and tolerant.

        Comment by Jackson — Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 7:16am PDT  
    • Old joke, mocking the faith of millions. Yeah, that’s real funny. With that type of wit you should be writing for Johnny Carson.

      Comment by HenryO — Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 3:50am PDT  
    • Syfy? Oh, I get it. What network is YOUR show on? None? just what I thought.

      Comment by Mercy — Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 3:53am PDT  
    • ooh so edgy!

      Comment by Banjoman — Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 6:57am PDT  
  • I assume that they will change the actor who portrays the “devil” to not look like President Obama. The CGI or make-up was startling…. To make the white actor look like Obama!

    Shame on Mr. Burnett.

    Comment by Nancy — Monday April 22, 2013 @ 7:04pm PDT  
    • He got it right.

      Comment by Marko — Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 7:15am PDT  
    • “speaking the truth in times of universal deceipt is a revolutionary act” – George Orwell

      Comment by Mark — Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 8:57am PDT  
  • When I heard “theatrical release,” I instinctively thought of the Broadway stage.
    Stupid girl…

    Comment by Ford Prefect — Monday April 22, 2013 @ 7:25pm PDT  
  • Also shame for casting Jesus as white when he should be black.

    Comment by BlackActor — Monday April 22, 2013 @ 7:26pm PDT  
    • You mean brown. He was a Jew from Galiliee.

      Comment by Technically — Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 7:05am PDT  
    • Why are you offended that Jesus wasn’t black?

      Comment by Ezzy — Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 8:39am PDT  
  • I wish God’s voice had told Mr. Burnett to hire a better director, writers and actors.

    Comment by ThatOneGuy — Monday April 22, 2013 @ 8:31pm PDT  
  • You mean middle eastern.

    Comment by MiddleEasternActor — Monday April 22, 2013 @ 8:55pm PDT  
  • Um, the “white” actor who played Satan is named Mehdi Ouzzani. I assure you he is not white, but feel free to google his picture if you don’t believe me. Shame on you, Nancy, for not even doing a basic amount of research before making your false claim.

    Comment by Ross — Monday April 22, 2013 @ 9:02pm PDT  
    • Thank you, Ross…that’s what I’ve been thinking every time these crazies post about Obama/Satan.

      Comment by Yowzers — Thursday April 25, 2013 @ 4:14am PDT  
  • I thought greed was a sin.

    Comment by Ryan S — Monday April 22, 2013 @ 9:20pm PDT  
  • That makes no sense. Jesus was born in Bethlehem to a Hebrew mother so his skin would not be black. That’s historical.

    Comment by Valerie — Monday April 22, 2013 @ 9:25pm PDT  
  • Oh for the love of God, Jesus was Jewish mainly of the house of Shem, which meant olive colored skin, like those in the Mediterranean or Latin America and coutries like those in Portugal, Italy, Greece with some mixture of Caucasion (Japheth) and a bit from the house of Ham.

    Comment by Everyman — Monday April 22, 2013 @ 9:50pm PDT  
    • But he wouldn’t look like the actor in the photo. Nor did Jim Caviezel. Or any other actor who’s ever been cast as Jesus in an American production.

      That’s the point and you know it.

      Comment by Straight Guy — Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 1:13pm PDT  
    • The Jesus in the film was not white. He looked like a mixture of Mediterranean and Latin American and Caucasion mixture which looks olive complected.

      Comment by leonora — Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 1:14pm PDT  
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