Son of God: Behind the Scenes

son_of_god_poster“Son of God” is the first major picture in ten years that puts Jesus back on the big screen since Mel Gibson’s 2004 “The Passion of the Christ.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

And it’s almost fifty years since the entire story of Jesus’ life, in George Stevens’ 1965’s “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” has been experienced as a movie.

“Son of God” aims to gives audiences an epic experience of Jesus’ life through compelling cinematic storytelling that is gritty, dramatic, powerful and inspirational. Audiences are moved to cheers, then tears, and then cheers again as the story unfolds.

 

son_of_god_8Producer-actress Roma Downey and Emmy winning producer Mark Burnett brought the epic miniseries The Bible to TV audiences around the world through their company LightWorkers Media.

 

 

The series became the number one cable entertainment telecast of the year, one of the fastest-selling TV-to-disc titles ever and went on to garner three Emmy Award nominations. A huge hit in many countries, it mixed adventure, action and drama from and drew acclaim for retelling the sacred text in a way that was relevant to today’s audiences.

son_of_god_5The series was tweeted by a wide range of public figures, including Oprah, LL Cool J, Shakira, Sarah Fergusson, P Diddy, T.D. Jakes, Tony Robbins and Maya Angelou.  Angelou tweeted that the series “gives life to stories that have shaped our world and shaped my life.”

The larger-than-life story of Jesus gets a larger-than-life treatment in this stand-alone feature with the scope and scale of a fast-paced action epic enveloped within gentle intimacy.   Jesus is presented as the lion and the lamb.

SON OF GOD features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score from Oscar®-winner Hans Zimmer.  Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado beautifully portrays the role of Jesus, as the film spans from His humble birth through His teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.

“Son of God” presents a dramatic, gripping story,” says Roma Downey. “It’s impossible not to be moved by the love of Jesus as he walks into the lion’s den of Jerusalem to take on the power base, and save his people. In this movie meek does not mean weak.”

This movie has been publicly endorsed by the largest group of cross-denominational faith leaders of any project, bringing religious leaders together in support.

Pastor Rick Warren says, “I’ve seen most of the films about Jesus produced in the past 50 years.  “Son of God” stands alone, in a class by itself.  It is a powerful and poignant movie, the best Jesus movie I have ever seen.  I am thrilled that Twentieth Century Fox is distributing this film and I know it will be a blessing to millions when it opens all across America on February 28, 2014.”

Rev. Sam Rodriguez, President of the Hispanics Evangelical Alliance says, “SON OF GOD fills the big screen with two catalytic elements:  the passion of the cross and the purpose of the empty tomb, forgiveness and eternal life.  SON OF GOD is not just a production worth watching it is a gift worth experiencing.”

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C. says, “I would recommend to individuals, and particularly to families, this wonderful story of the Son of God in order to be inspired all over again with the story of God’s love for us. It is a joy to watch this film bring alive the pages of the Gospel to help us see what those who lived at the time of Jesus experienced.”

Bishop T.D. Jakes says, “I believe the audience will be enthralled, encouraged and inspired by the movie “Son of God.”

Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have succeeded in doing what few before them have done:  “Son of God” proves that when talent and passion collide, the outcome is spectacular,” said Joel Osteen, Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church and #1 bestselling author. “Having spent time with them on the set, my wife Victoria and I witnessed first-hand the deep and abiding passion they both possess for God¹s Word.”

Archbishop Jose Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, notes: “Each one of us is a son or daughter of God. It is a wonderful, awesome reality. SON OF GOD is a very important movie because it gives us the opportunity to realize God’s presence in our own lives, and that we are children of God. The film is extraordinary for my ministry.”

The producers are thrilled that their Jesus narrative will finally be seen on the big screen.  “We are very excited to be working with Twentieth Century Fox to release SON OF GOD as a major motion picture,” said Roma Downey and Mark Burnett “This story needed to be seen on the big screen.  Audiences nationwide sit in their seats at the end of the film, unable to move. They are transfixed at what they have just experienced. It’s the story of Jesus for a whole new generation.”