Mark Burnett's follow up to the highly successful cable miniseries "The Bible" is heading to NBC.
The new project from the executive producer and his wife, Roma Downey - "A.D.: Beyond The Bible" - takes place after the death of Jesus.
"A perfect storm brews in the Holy Land, fueled by social injustice, Roman military oppression and religious unrest. High priests and the Herod dynasty vie for power. Zealot revolutionaries turn to violence to regain what they believe is their promised land. And in the face of terrible odds and brutal persecution, the small band of Jesus' disciples stand against the combined might of Rome and their own local authorities. In a generation of rebellion, war, famine, and carnage, who can they trust? Who should they fear? Will tomorrow bring a violent death? For many, it does ... but others survive, and as the storm around them breaks, the fate of Israel, of Rome and of their faith is decided," read a description of the series from NBC.
NBC's President of Entertainment Bob Greenblatt said in a statement he is looking forward to the project, which is executive produced by Burnett, Downey and Richard Bedser.
"I followed the development process of 'The Bible' closely with Mark and knew that the story was far from over after Christ's Crucifixion. In fact, what happened in the aftermath - which is essentially the beginning of Christianity - is utterly fascinating. The day after 'The Bible' premiered, I told Mark we were on board with no hesitation for the follow-up miniseries," Greenblatt said in a statement. "This will be attention-getting in every way, and we're proud to continue our association with Mark which has just grown exponentially from 'The Voice.'"
-- Jolie Lash
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