A much-anticipated sequel to the History Channel’s massive miniseries success ‘The Bible’ has been officially given the green light by NBC.
The 12-hour TV event, produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, is slated to air in the spring of 2015.
Picking up where ‘The Bible’ left off, with Jesus’ Crucifixion, the death of Judas, and Peter’s denial, the sequel, ‘A.D.,’ will tell the story of resurrection, the oppression of the Roman military, and the rumblings of revolution. The potential storylines are endless, as this summer when a sequel was discussed, Burnett talked about dark, brutal events, such as mass suicides, burnings at the stake, upside-down crucifixions, and the feeding of Christians to animals.
It will look to find an even bigger audience on NBC as the network continues its relatively recent interest in miniseries.
Simon Block will pen the script, but a cast and director have yet to be named.
‘The Bible’ premiered on March 2 on History, drawing 13.1 million viewers. It averaged 13.2 million across its 10-episode run, and was the third-most-watched cable series in 2013. The subsequent DVD release was also incredibly popular, ushering in what seems to be a bevy of orders for miniseries, and of course, more Mark Burnett.
To his credit, Burnett has mused that ‘A.D.’ could be a yearly event as the show sort of writes itself – the history is there, after all.