Following the huge success of The History Channel’s breakout miniseries, “The Bible,” the network has decided to do a spinoff miniseries on the show’s most popular character: Jesus.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, producers Brian Bird and Michael Landon Jr. are rolling out a six-hour, $20 million show on the life of Jesus.
Landon said the show will be different from many other biographical portrayals of Jesus’ life.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Landon said his portrayal “will be traditional in the sense we’re going to stay true to the gospel, but it won’t be traditional in the sense that our version is actually going to be made for the skeptic, not the believer.”
“We’re not looking to cause controversy to anybody. What we hope to do will be orthodox and faithful to the gospel and pleasing to whoever sees it. The idea of helping skeptics see Christ in a different way than they’ve ever seen him before, that’s not going to upset the choir,” Bird told The Hollywood Reporter.
The idea for a miniseries based on Jesus was floated prior to the airing of “The Bible,” but got the green-light once the miniseries turned out to be huge success.
The “Bible” show, produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, turned out to be on huge success. Ten million viewers have tuned in to watch the mini-series since its premiere March 3. It’s finale episode will air at 8 p.m. ET on March 31, Eastern Sunday.
It’s March 3 premiere was cable’s biggest draw of the year, pulling in 13.1 million viewers.
The report said other networks also are getting into the act, with Showtime developing “The Vatican,” Lifetime has a hit reality series called “Preacher’s Daughters” and GSN is airing a Bible-themed game show.
WND reported earlier when controversy hit “The Bible,” because the character representing the devil had significant similarities to the image of President Obama.
Twitter exploded with comments from viewers who noticed an eerie similarity between the face of Obama and that of the Satan character, played by actor Mehdi Ouzaani.
Media giant Glenn Beck was among the first to make the connection, tweeting, “Anyone else think the Devil in #TheBible Sunday on History Channel looks exactly like That Guy?”
Beck refers to Obama as “that guy,” having vowed not to utter the name of the president in all of 2013.
Twitter user @Leah Christie, tweeted, “Oh my word…watching The History Channel’s The Bible…does Satan look familiar to anyone else?”
Other tweets include:
- @Hunt4Photos: “History channel/last night/show: The Bible. Why did Satan look just like President Obama? Pissed off man!”
- Slhappy Gilmore@KPOView: “I was so excited about #TheBible as it’s a way to bring it to life for all to see. But political statements like Satan=Obama, we lose.”
- Stephanie Jefferson@mittchick: “I am so relieved to know that my eyes and mind were not playing tricks on me when I thought Satan resembled Obama in #TheBible”
- VictorJett Contreras@victorjett: WHA! Did the Bible miniseries on History Channel make the Devil look like Obama. Crazy. Ridiculous.”
Rush Limbaugh held up a photo of the actor Monday afternoon on his famous “Dittocam” to show viewers that the Satan character was “a dead ringer” for Obama.
“Folks, it is uncanny,” Limbaugh noted, before quipping, “In light of that picture … the question that sprang to everybody’s mind is: if Satan had a son, would he look like the guy [in the White House]?”
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It was not the first time some in the public have made a connection between evil in the Bible and President Obama.
On Nov. 5, 2008, the very night Obama was first elected president, the Illinois Pick 3 lottery number for the Evening Pick was 666, a number associated with “the beast” mentioned in the Book of Revelation. Obama’s home state at the time was Illinois.
In January of this year, WND reported how prophecy websites were having a field day with the worldwide attention Obama received for sparring with a fly.
News reports recounted Obama’s long history of attracting flies during recorded interviews and speeches.
Religious and other websites used the headlines to point out that a biblical reference for Satan, the Semitic deity Beelzebub, literally translates from Hebrew into “Lord of the Flies.”