Jesus section of The Bible now a 135-minute movie

It has been seven weeks since The Bible producer Mark Burnett revealed that he was re-cutting the Jesus portion of the mini-series for a big-screen release and thinking about producing a follow-up to the mini-series for television, as well. Today, speaking at the Produced By Conference, Burnett declared that the editing on the Jesus movie is complete, and that the movie runs 2 hours and 15 minutes, rather than the 3 hours that had previously been indicated. (The New Testament section of the mini-series, most of which was based on the gospels, ran between 3.5 and 4 hours.) No word yet on what the TV follow-up will be, exactly, but Burnett did say that he and his wife, Roma Downey, “will do a follow-up to ‘The Bible.’ No question about that. Something big.” June 10 update: The Hollywood Reporter says the film will be 2 hours and 13 minutes long.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://www.rethinkingao.com Mike Beidler

    I wonder if the Jesus film contains the several painfully obvious theophanies in the OT sections. ;-)


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