"The Bible" miniseries to be released as movie

The franchise of the fastest-selling DVD miniseries of all time is expanding

Published April 23, 2013 1:04PM (EDT)

Mark Burnett's popular miniseries "The Bible," which pulled in around 100 million U.S. viewers along its 10-episode stretch, is being recut into a movie. Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Burnett said, "We're cutting a movie version right now, a three-hour version of Jesus and [we have] many, many offers from theaters globally."

Thanks to its broad international appeal, "The Bible" has become the fastest-selling DVD miniseries of all time. Of its unprecedented success, Burnett said: "It's clearly a calling; clearly, we felt it was something we had to do, and too many things happened to explain it any other way. It's a juggernaut, and it's not going to slow down."

Although the film is not yet connected to a distributor, Burnett is aiming for a fall release.

By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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