It won’t hit theaters in time for Jesus Christ’s birthday, but Son of God is due out to the big screens early next year. From the producers of The Bible miniseries that aired on History Channel earlier this year comes the feature film cut of the story of Christ. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado stars in the title role, which he portrayed in the 10-part miniseries.
Director Christopher Spencer’s Son of God also stars Greg Hicks, Adrian Schiller, Darwin Shaw, Sebastian Knapp, Joe Wredden, Simon Kunz, Paul Marc Davis, Matthew Gravelle, Amber Rose Revah and Roma Downey, and opens February 28, 2014. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.
Executive producer Mark Burnett’s miniseries The Bible was a massive ratings hit on the History Channel when it aired this past March, and now NBC hopes to replicate that success with a sequel series of sorts. THR reports that NBC has acquired the rights to A.D.: Beyond the Bible, another miniseries that Burnett will produce with his wife Roma Downey. The series will apparently have a much narrower focus than The Bible, as it centers on the events in the days after Jesus’ betrayal and death.
The miniseries—or “limited series” as some are dubbing it—has become a new network favorite in the wake of The Bible’s success, with FX getting in on the game with Fargo and the recently-announced Last of the Mohicans adaptation, and Fox planning a limited return for 24: Live Another Day. No word on when A.D.: Beyond the Bible might premiere, but the ratings-challenged NBC is likely hoping it comes to fruition sooner rather than later.
History (formerly known as The History Channel) announced two high profile projects today. The first, The Hatfield and the McCoys, centers on the infamous 19th-century family feud. Kevin Costner will star as “Devil” Anse Hatfield and co-produce with Leslie Greif. The press release claims the 2012 premiere will coincide with the 150th anniversary of the feud, but I’m not sure how they determine the anniversary for a multidecade feud that was initiated 146 years ago. Brad Pitt, Robert Duvall, and Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper were linked to a separate Hatfield/McCoy movie over a year ago, with the caveat that it will happen “if and when Pitt decides to clear a place in his schedule.” I imagine the Costner project will dissuade Pitt from searching too hard for that hole.
Additionally, History is developing a docudrama series with producer Mark Burnett (Survivor). The network promises all the greatest hits: Noah’s Ark, the Exodus from Egypt, Daniel and the Lion’s Den, and of course, the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. The press release highlights the “state-of-the-art computer-generated imagery (CGI),” which is absolutely noteworthy in 2011. The 10-hour series will air in five parts in 2013.
Read the official announcement for both projects after the jump.