Mark Burnett Plans Follow-up to “The Bible”

What’s unclear is if this will be a sequel (though Acts and the journeys of Paul would make a great one).

From the Hollywood Reporter:

Mark Burnett says there will be a follow-up project to his hugely successful 10-part miniseries, The Bible. The producer also revealed he has just finished editing the feature version of the series that will focus on Jesus. It now clocks in at two hours and 13 minutes, originally three hours.

“Roma [Downey] and I will do a follow-up, one hundred percent. Something big,” he said Sunday at the Produced By Conference. “We’ve also just finished recutting the Jesus part of The Bible into a feature.”

History’s record-breaking lead-in for original scripted programming debuted to 13.1 million viewers and wrapped up Easter Sunday with 11.7 million viewers.

The producer stated that he could see himself and his wife, Downey, distributing Bible-related programming for the next 10 years. “I believe in the next 15 years, more people on the planet will have seen our Bible series than not seen it,” he said.

Burnett also spoke about tightening the rules of people getting producer credits on TV shows. “It’s a matter of you, not me,” he told moderator Vance Van Petten, national executive director of the PGA. “There are almost no rules on who can be credited as a producer,” he noted, as opposed to writers and directors of which there are strict rules.


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