After HISTORY´s The Bible turned out to be such a huge hit, conversations and negotiations begun for a sequel to the documentary series, and the Peacock network was able to secure a deal with Mark Burnett to bring the doc to NBC.
Award-winning executive producer Mark Burnett (“The Voice,” “Celebrity Apprentice”) will continue his relationship with the peacock network by bringing “A.D.: BEYOND THE BIBLE,” (working title) to NBC, his follow-up project with his wife, Roma Downey, to this spring’s enormously popular 10-part miniseries “The Bible.” The announcement was made by Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment, and Bob Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment.
“NBC is thrilled to bring this highly-anticipated sequel to Mark and Roma’s ‘The Bible’ to network television,” said Salke. “There was huge interest in this project within the television community and NBC is gratified by Mark’s confidence in our ability to partner with him and position this miniseries as true event television.“
Greenblatt added: “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. 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.’”
“We are thrilled to be working with Bob, Jen and Quinn Taylor to bring the follow-up to our hit cable series ‘The Bible’ to broadcast television with NBC,” said Burnett and Downey. “Our new series, A.D.: BEYOND THE BIBLE, is another massive project and a major commitment, but it’s a story that has to be told. It’s a story that changed the world. We look forward to making this an enormous television event on NBC.”
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s epic follow up to their #1 miniseries, “The Bible,” — A.D.: BEYOND THE BIBLE — begins in the dark days after Jesus’ betrayal and death. 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.