'Survivor' Creator, Roma Downey Discuss New Mini-Series on the Bible

Power-couple Mark Burnett and Roma Downey explain why they decided to produce, "The Bible."
3:37 | 02/27/13

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We are back, now, with the power couple, mark burnett and roma downey. He's the power behind "survivor" and "shark tank." And his wife, roma, is an emmy-nominated actress. And they're joining together for producers of a brand-new epic miniseries called "the bible." So glad to see you here this morning. What made you take on a topic this big? This complex? Well, it's epic. You know, it's 2013. And it's time to redo a visual updating of the bible. We showed our kids a few years ago, "the ten commandments" which we thought was great. They rolled their eyes at the special effects. How did you pick which stories on the bible to tell? Is it full of epic, dramatic stories that have been told so many times. And there's so many of them. We only had ten hours to tell these stories. We wish we had 1,000 hours. We could either tell loads of stories. Or we would select fewer stories and have an opportunity to draw the audience in. And that's what you did. That's what we did. We were talking a moment ago, at the commercial break. I did an hour-long special on the resurrection. Just the resurrection. And we had scholars from the evangelical world, the catholic world, the jewish world. How did you pick which point of view to approach this from? A lot of people have a lot of strong feelings. Straight down the middle. Five hours old testament and five hours new testament. In genesis, with noah's ark. And the last hour deals with resurrection, ascension, pentecost, to revelation. You mentioned noah's ark. We have a clip we want to show from that particular episode. Let's all watch. In this beginning, gods created the heavens and the earth. The earth was a formless void. And darkness covered the face. And god said, let there be light. And there was light. Mark, you said your kids rolled their eyes when they saw "the ten commandments." Will the audience roll their eyes at all? Most journalists said, how could you have only spent 20 minutes? You must have been 150. We got the team that got the oscar for "gladiator." They made "clash of the titans." Hans zimmer did the score. And this is epic. We brought miracles to life on the screen. Moses parting the red sea. The walls of jericho come tumbling down. Jesus walking on water. It's epic stuff. And you shot this for six months in morocco, right? You are used to the tough environments. After "survivor." I'm used to having giant film crews in remote locations. It was six months. And roma did great. There was dust in places i never knew existed. And the snakes, I hear. There were snakes. We had a snake man on the set, just to clear it. Just to clear all of the cobras. And you get the gold star for hanging in there. You, I know, are an old hand at that. Anyway, thank you so much for being with us. "The bible" premieres sunday on history channel. It's a great thing to watch with your kids, as well. Coming up, he won iron chef

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