April 1, 2013 Leave a comment
The immense success of the History Channel’s “The Bible” miniseries has led to the decision on behalf of a major Hollywood production company to create a faith-affirming spinoff, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
“We believe the audience continues to have a hunger for life- and faith-affirming films,” Michael Landon Jr., who will be writing and producing “Jesus of Nazareth” along with fellow screenwriter Brian Bird, who worked for five seasons on the hit show “Touched by an Angel,” told The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview.
“The monumental success of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s ‘The Bible’ just underscores that,” Landon added.
The “Jesus of Nazareth” spinoff will reportedly be a six-hour, $20 million miniseries produced by the Motion Picture Corporation of America.
The spinoff’s two writers, Landon and Bird, are both self-professed Christians, and they told The Hollywood Reporter that this new spinoff will be angled toward skeptics of Christianity, rather than believers, in the hopes of educating them on the teachings of the bible.
“['Jesus of Nazareth'] will be traditional in the sense we’re going to stay true to the Gospel, but it won’t be traditional in the sense that our version is actually going to be made for the skeptic, not the believer,” Landon told The Hollywood Reporter. Read more of this post