The Passion, a two-hour musical event telling the story of the last hours of Jesus Christ set in modern time, is coming to FOX.
The show will air live from New Orleans and will be both hosted and narrated by Tyler Perry.
Set in modern day, The Passion follows Jesus of Nazareth as he presides over the Last Supper, and then is betrayed by Judas, put on trial by Pontius Pilate, convicted, crucified and resurrected. The story will be staged live at iconic New Orleans, while featuring a procession of hundreds of people carrying a 20-foot, illuminated cross from Champion Square outside the Superdome to the live stage at Woldenburg Park on the banks of the Mississippi River.
The project is based on a format originally created in the Netherlands by Eye2Eye Media’s Jacco Doornbos. The Dutch version of The Passion (see photos, video) has been produced annually since 2011 and has aired for the last five consecutive years, commanding a 46% market share in 2015.
The US adaptation will be produced by dick clark productions, working alongside Eye2Eye Media and Anders Media Inc.
“The Passion is both wonderfully entertaining and genuinely inspirational,” said Fox Entertainment president David Madden. “Tyler Perry is the perfect host to lead the cast – and viewers – through the streets of New Orleans in this contemporary re-telling of a timeless story.”
The Passion will air March 20th at 8pm on FOX.