History Channel's blockbuster mini-series The Bible will be getting a theatrical release. The seven-and-a-half hour show will be shortened into a three-hour epic.
The producers are planning a fall 2013 release. While there have been many offers from studios and distributors, the theatrical version of The Bible does not have a studio home at this time.
Here's what producer Mark Burnett had to say about getting the 3-hour re-cut onto theater screens.
"We're in the position where it's just a matter of choosing. We could put it into arenas. There are a lot of possible choices we could go with. We kind of operate outside the business, we do our own thing. It's a good position to be in."
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey produced the 10-part mini-series, which retold the stories of the Bible for a new generation. It was narrated by Keith David and starred Diogo Morgado, Roma Downey, Andrew Scarborough and William Houston.
The Bible was viewed by 100 million people in the United States and tens of millions more worldwide. When asked how he knew the mini-series would be so popular, Mark Burnett offered the following statement as an explanation.
"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. But I wasn't surprised. I knew it would work like it did. It was God's voice. Too many things happened to see it any other way."
A planned release date has not yet been announced.