Exclusive: Mark Burnett and Roma Downey on “resetting” their take on the Bible in A.D.: The Bible Continues

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The Bible was a huge success when it aired on the History Channel two years ago, and it was a huge hit again when it came out on DVD. It was even spun off into a big-screen movie, Son of God, that raked in $67.8 million worldwide despite having no marquee names and consisting almost entirely of footage recycled from the TV show.

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Watch: Character profiles, behind-the-scenes footage, ads, endorsements and more from A.D.: The Bible Continues

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With two weeks to go before the series premieres on April 5, the makers of A.D.: The Bible Continues are releasing more and more videos, including clips from the show and endorsements from church leaders. Check ’em out below the jump.

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Killing Jesus round-up: new photos, new interviews, and rumours of a swimsuit competition with the cast of A.D.

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Killing Jesus — the National Geographic Channel adaptation of the book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard — had its world premiere at the Sun Valley Film Festival in Idaho last Saturday. I’ll have more to say about that in the near future. In the meantime, here’s a quick roundup of some of the stories about this film that have appeared over the last few weeks on other blogs and websites.

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A deleted scene from The Bible surfaces in tonight’s Women of the Bible special on the Lifetime network

bible-marymagdaleneI had a chance to watch The Women of the Bible, the two-hour Lifetime special that airs before The Red Tent tonight, and while I don’t have a whole lot to say about the special as a whole — it’s basically a series of interviews with female professors, church leaders and at least one rabbi, interspersed with clips from last year’s miniseries The Bible — one scene did jump out at me that fans of The Bible might want to know about.

Specifically, there is a scene in which Jesus meets Mary Magdalene for the first time — and I don’t believe this scene was included in either The Bible or its big-screen spin-off Son of God.

At the end of the sixth episode of The Bible, Jesus had just one follower, i.e. Peter, and at the beginning of the seventh episode, he had several more, including Mary. Similarly, Son of God used a quick montage to take us from one point to the other, without getting into the details of how Jesus gathered his various disciples.

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Our first look at the cast for The Bible follow-up series A.D.

ad-jesusAt last, we know who some (but not all) of the actors will be in A.D., the NBC series that Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are producing as a follow-up to their hit miniseries The Bible.

First, People reveals that Jesus will be played by Argentinian actor Juan Pablo di Pace, and, just as Diogo Morgado’s Jesus in The Bible quickly earned the nickname “Hot Jesus”, so too People notes that di Pace is “easy-on-the-eyes”.

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Review: Son of God (dir. Christopher Spencer, 2014)

sonofgodThe producers behind Son of God are attempting something that hasn’t been tried for years, even decades — and I’m not just referring to the fact that their film is an explicitly Christian adaptation of the Gospels that is getting a wide release from a major distributor.

Son of God is adapted from the History Channel miniseries The Bible, which got huge ratings last year and has since become one of the bestselling TV-based DVDs ever — so this film may mark the first time since the rise of home video that filmmakers have repackaged a TV show for the big screen and asked an audience to pay to see it all over again.

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