Episode #1322 | Added February 21, 2014

Son of God- coming soon to a theatre near you. Our Sheldon Neil sits down with Hollywood power couple Mark Burnett and Roma Downey to discuss the greatest story ever... filmed: their big-screen adaptation of the life of Christ.

Lorna's Wrap

I love going to the movies with friends or family. But here's why I'm taking every one I can to see "Son of God". I'm hooked on story, but especially a supernatural story. After 20 years in journalism, I've seen a lot of great stories come and go. Much gets forgotten. But for over 2000 years, this story of Jesus only gets bigger. The truth of Jesus is the most important idea in all of history; Jesus is the link to the human race being in relationship with the Supreme God. So when that idea goes to the movies, I'm going too. Yes -- I've had an advance screening for the movie Son of God and it's great. It gripped me. What you will see is a recreation of the eyewitness encounters people had with Jesus. The movie is an excellent literacy tool on real history. In my book club we have the whole 10 hour DVD set of the Downey/Burnett Bible Series - you can email us for a copy of that. But for a great stop at the movies - take a friend to catch Son of God. For all of us, I'm Lorna Dueck. Thanks for watching. Join us next week as we explore life beyond the headlines.

Resources

Guests

Roma Downey
Producer, Son of God"Mary (mother"), Son of God

Mark Burnett
Producer, Son of God

Dr. Richard Ascough
Associate Professor of New Testament & Greek, Queen's University (School of Religion) 

Context

It's shows like The Apprentice, Survivor and The Voice, that make Mark Burnett a TV megaproducer. And it was the popular TV series, Touched by an Angel, starring Roma Downey, that helped introduce audiences to the sacred. This dynamic husband and wife duo continue to play a role in shaping our TV culture. After network record-breaking success of the series, The Bible - with over 100 million viewers, making it the #1 TV series of 2013, Mark and Roma are now bringing the story of Jesus to the big screen. With a stellar cast, "The Son of God" invites audiences to engage in a story larger than life itself. In a moment, Sheldon Neil sits down with Mark Burnett and Roma Downey to discuss how the story of Jesus is coming to a theatre near you.

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