‘Bi­ble’ minis­eries ex­pands to in­clude film, mu­sic tour

The Washington Times Daily - - Television - BY CHRIS TAL­BOTT

NASHVILLE, TENN. Mark Bur­nett and Roma Downey’s “The Bi­ble” fran­chise con­tin­ues to grow in un­ex­pected ways. Up next? A 16-city mu­sic tour fea­tur­ing some of to­day’s most pop­u­lar Chris­tian acts.

The tour be­gins next March fol­low­ing the na­tion­wide the­atri­cal re­lease of “The Bi­ble” com­pan­ion film “Son of God,” and will fea­ture mu­sic in­spired by and vis­ual com­po­nents from the movie and minis­eries.

“I think that mu­sic just has such a won­der­ful abil­ity to con­nect and open your heart, and the im­ages from our film cer­tainly are go­ing to touch your heart,” Miss Downey said. “So I think it’s just go­ing to be a re­ally beau­ti­ful, heart­felt ex­pe­ri­ence all around for peo­ple to at­tend.”

At­tend they will, if pre­vi­ous re­ac­tion to “The Bi­ble” con­tin­ues to hold true.

The five-part His­tory minis­eries was one of the sur­prise hits of 2013, av­er­ag­ing 11 mil­lion view­ers for each episode last spring in the U.S. Mr. Bur­nett and Miss Downey have been rolling it out over­seas as well — it’s play­ing in Hong Kong now, and the United King­dom is up next.

“It has con­tin­ued to rip­ple — splash re­ally — around the world,” Miss Downey said as the cou­ple spoke pub­licly about the mu­sic tour for the first time Thurs­day by con­fer­ence call. Mr. Bur­nett, pro­ducer of “The Voice,” “Sur­vivor” and other re­al­ity shows, was in Cleve­land, Ohio, and ac­tress Downey was in Bos­ton. Both were screen­ing “Son of God” for lo­cal re­li­gious and busi­ness lead­ers, look­ing to get sup­port for the film be­fore it opens Feb. 28. They plan to hit sev­eral more cities, and trail­ers for the movie will be­gin run­ning in the­aters next week.

The film com­prises pre­vi­ously aired ma­te­rial from “The Bi­ble” in­ter­cut with new scenes shot con­cur­rently with the minis­eries in Morocco in 2012.

The cou­ple said they heard a call­ing from God to make the minis­eries, and the fran­chise con­tin­ues to take more and more of their lives. That’s some­thing their friend Pas­tor Rick War­ren warned them about.

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