Over 2000 years after it was first published, The Bible finally has a premiere date on the History Channel.
Produced by Survivor mastermind Mark Burnett, The Bible is a five-part miniseries totaling 10 hours and will launch its first installment on Sunday, March 3 at 8:00 PM. The scripted docu-drama features a combination of live-action and CGI as age-old stories from the Bible are brought to life, including Noah's Ark, the Exodus, Daniel in the Lion's Den, and the crucifixion and subsequent resurrection of Jesus Christ. Burnett's wife, Roma Downey, will portray Mother Mary, heading a cast that includes Sean Teale, David Rintoul, Amber Rose Revah, Peter Guinness, Greg Hicks, and Simon Kunz. The miniseries will be bolstered by a musical score from Oscar winner Hans Zimmer, with authoritative narration from Emmy Award winner Keith David. Once its television run is complete, The Bible will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in April.
When the project was originally announced in the spring of 2011, History president and general manager Nancy Dubuc explained why the channel would adopt such a straightforward approach to the revered material. "This is probably the most important book in mankind, regardless of your beliefs or religious affiliation. This series will bring the historical stories of the Bible to life for a new generation," she said. "We spend a lot of time talking about this book, and probably not enough time knowing what's in it. One of the most important things about history is knowing the stories of history."
For any militant atheists who feel that History shouldn't air this miniseries because the events in the Bible didn't really happen, let me remind you that this is the same channel that broadcasts Ancient Aliens marathons every weekend.
Will you be partaking in The Bible?