Derry Roma’s Son of God for the big screen

Roma Downey as Mary the Mother of God in 'The Son of God' which will be released in cinemas throughout America in February.

Roma Downey as Mary the Mother of God in 'The Son of God' which will be released in cinemas throughout America in February.

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Following the huge success of her TV series ‘The Bible’ - Derry’s Roma Downey has revealed that a cinema release of the story of Christ has been agreed with movie giants Twentieth Century Fox for February 2014.

‘Son of God’ will be made from sections of the original series of ‘The Bible’ - which earned Roma and her producer husband Mark Burnett two Emmy nominations - along with previously unseen scenes and extra footage.

Roma herself stars in the film as Mary the mother of God and speaking to the Journal this week she describes the project as a “real labour of love” which was four years in the making for her and husband Mark.

“It has been a personal project - one which we have shepherded every stage of the way - from the very beginning, through writing and developing it, bringing it all to life.

“It was an enormous undertaking - to create 10 hours of film in which we had to condense both the old and new testament but it was a tremendous success.”

Almost 12 million viewers tuned in to watch the finale of The Bible when it was screened in the States at Easter - earning The History Channel its highest ever ratings.

The show has since screened to great acclaim around the world and is due to be screened in both the UK and Ireland on Channel 5 and TV 3.

Roma said she is “very excited” about the cinema release of ‘The Son of God’,

“The film is being released by Twentieth Century Fox - and will be distributed throughout 15,000 theatres in the US.

“It is a really humbling experience - to be able to retell the story and share the mission of Christ with so many people.

“We hope it will help a whole new generation of people experience the very powerful story of Jesus Christ.”

For more from our exclusive interview with Roma - see Tuesday’s Journal.