Mark Burnett and Roma Downey to Executive Produce Faith-Based Movie 'Woodlawn'

'There Really Aren’t Any Rules'
Austin Hargrave

“There really aren’t any rules,” says Burnett, who can boast six series on air in the U.S., including The Apprentice, Shark Tank, The Sing-Off and Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host. “Someone once said, ‘Nobody knows anything,’ and I think that’s so true. People said to us, ‘Nobody’s going to watch the Bible on primetime television,’ and those same people were so shocked when millions of people tuned in. But we weren’t surprised.”

The husband-wife producing duo were behind the sucessful minseries 'The Bible.'

Mark Burnett and Roma Downey will executive produce the faith-based football drama Woodlawn.

The sports starring Sean Astin and Jon Voight is based on the true events revolving around a high school football team in 1973 Birmingham, Ala., that experiences turmoil amid government-mandated desegregation of the school.

“The goal of all of our faith-based projects has been to spotlight the power and goodness of God,” explained Downey. “Woodlawn fits that bill perfectly."

Brothers Jon and Andy Erwin directed the film, which was produced by Kevin Downes, and also stars Nic Bishop, Sherri Shepherd and C. Thomas Howell.

Under their LightWorkers Media banner, the husband-wife producing team has previously worked together on other Christian-themed projects, including the feature film Son of God and the miniseries The Bible, which drew in an audience of 100 million when it premiered on Easter Sunday in 2013.

Burnett is a successful reality show mogul, with hits that include Survivor, Shark TankThe Voice and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?. The London-born producer accepted an Emmy on Sunday night for outstanding reality competition program for The Voice

Woodlawn will hit theaters on Oct. 16.