Haven't you always wanted a sequel to the Bible? Well, no deity has written anything in awhile, so the best we can do is a sequel to 'The Bible,' the hit History miniseries of early 2013. NBC has announced that they will be producing 'A.D.: Beyond the Bible' as a direct sequel to 'The Bible,' picking up the story where 'The Bible' left off.
Mark Burnett, who created 'The Bible' with his wife Roma Downey, will be the man behind the sequel at NBC. The fact that the miniseries will appear on a different network than its prequel series shouldn't dismay fans, as Burnett is poised to have as much involvement at NBC as he did with the previous incarnation. Given Burnett's involvement, expect 'A.D.: Beyond the Bible' to be just as religious and Christian-inclined as 'The Bible' was.
The initial series, 'The Bible,' avoided the usual documentarian approach to Biblical times that many previous television series have explored. Burnett had no interest in offering readings of scripture nor of interviewing historical experts; 'The Bible' was a drama, put on to bring some stories from the Bible to life for a contemporary audience. The miniseries was intended to inspire faith and bolster Christian dogma through storytelling. Reportedly, NBC is on board with this self-same approach when it comes to 'A.D.: Beyond the Bible.'
Despite some controversy, 'The Bible' was a mammoth success for History Channel, setting sales records when it was released on DVD and BluRay. Burnett even reported strange things occurring on the set of 'The Bible,' which he took as faithful signs from a god that they were doing the right thing by making the miniseries. Some argued that Burnett's comments were part of a viral marketing campain; others believed that he believes what he says. Regardless, 'The Bible' was a huge success and a sequel makes good business sense for both Burnett and NBC.
Will you be tuning in to 'A.D.: Beyond the Bible?'