Son of God is ‘game changer’: producer
Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank ... The Bible?
Finding acclaim as the visionary behind America's popular "Survivor", "The Voice" and "Shark Tank" television series, producer Mark Burnett chose to use his experience and success for a decidedly bold purpose.
It is rare that any religious movie makes it to the big screen, let alone into television programming as a work reaching millions of people globally, but Mark had reason to try.
The idea started with "The Bible", a 10-hour project narrating the Bible's records of Genesis all the way to Christ, which aired on mainstream channels in America and Australia.
"While shooting the Jesus portion, we realised that this really needed to be a big feature film," Mark says.
So why did he do it?
Releasing 'Son of God' was a risky move for his career but, as a committed Christian, Mark described it as a "game-changer" in its ability to share something of Jesus' life with those who know very little about Him.
"This is a very dramatic film. This is not your old 1960s donkeys and sandals story, but this is a story for young people. This is a 2014 movie and it looks like it with big special effects. This is a story that can really affect the world in getting to know and love Jesus," he explains.
While some might argue that Mel Gibson's 'Passion of the Christ' was a better rendition, Mark says his film is for a "whole new generation of young people".
Roma, Mark's wife, helped produce the film, while also starring in the role of Mary, Jesus' mother.
"Even though this was a re-enactment, there wasn't a person there (on set during the crucifixion scene) who didn't feel the enormity of what He (Jesus) had done for us...we were reminded of how much we were loved; that He would have done that for us," Roma says.
Although some might argue that the movie is not 100 per cent accurate to the true accounts recorded in the Bible, Mark and Roma hope the film will encourage people to read the Scriptures and discover Jesus for themselves.
Jesus boldly declared in John chapter 14 verse 6: "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father (God) except through Me."
He was radical and did not think twice about upsetting the cultural and religious system of His time, as Mark's film clearly illustrates.
Yet, if Jesus was right, it is worth taking the time to watch 'Son of God' or read straight from the Bible's accounts in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John to better understand why a carpenter from Nazareth turned the world upside down.
To find out more about the film and see the trailer go to www.sonofgodmovie.com