Not only has Russell Crowe filmed Noah (being released in 2014) but the History Channel is airing the series, The Bible. Mark Burnett, executive producer of The Bible, is gearing up for the second installment of the epic miniseries. The premiere posted impressive ratings with 14.8 million viewers for the night (including the show’s repeat).
Mark Burnett: “Weird Things Happened” on the Set of “The Bible” Miniseries.
For example, Burnett told Entertainment Weekly that when one of the actors playing Jesus delivered the line “the Holy Spirit is like the wind,” a strong, 20-minute long gust of wind descended, nearly blowing the set over. Later, a boy arrived from a neighboring town many miles away to return a missing Jesus costume. Burnett said the boy had no idea what he was returning or why he was returning it. He just knew he had to. The craziest story of all involves nearly 50 serpents delaying the crucifixion scene. The producers hired a snake wrangler to catch and remove snakes from areas the cast and crew were filming to prevent injuries. Normally the wrangler would find one or two snakes a day. When it came time for the crucifixion scene, he found 48 cobras and vipers hiding in the rocks around the cross.
The Survivor and The Voice mega-producer may receive all the credit for the show’s success, but it was actually his wife, and co-producer Roma Downey (Touched By An Angel) who suggested the biblical series in the first place. Burnett and Downey both agree the most important aspect of the show is educating the biblically illiterate youth.
“In school, you have to know a certain amount of Shakespeare, but no Bible,” Burnett told the Christian Science Monitor. “So there’s got to be a way to look at it from a pure literature point of view. If it wasn’t for the Bible, arguably Shakespeare wouldn’t have written those stories.”
Among broadcast shows that “The Bible” beat among total viewers was Burnett’s own, “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” premiere on NBC, which only garnered a little over 5 million viewers.
It’s exciting to see all the different movies coming out of Hollywood like The Bible and Noah and what’s even more impressive is people around the world are watching!
Check out “The Bible” on the History Channel