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.
Jesus section of The Bible now a 135-minute movie
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Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).