Unscripted

Burnett gets Biblical with History

The exec producer behind such reality staples as Survivor, The Apprentice and the new hit The Voice is behind History's next foray into scripted television - a 10-hour docudrama series based on the Bible.
May 24, 2011

U.S. cable net History has announced its next move into scripted television Рa 10-hour series based on the Bible to be exec produced by Mark Burnett.

The docudrama series, set to be shown as five two-hour episodes in 2013, will depict several of the most well-known stories within the Old and New Testaments. The Bible will be shot on location and combine live action with state-of-the-art CGI.

Burnett will undertake the project with his wife, Roma Downey, as a production partner. In an interview with realscreen earlier this year, Burnett had offered clues about the project, calling it “his dream project” and “probably one of the biggest things I’ve ever done.”

“There’s no question The Bible is one of the world’s most significant books,” said Nancy Dubuc, president and general manager of History and Lifetime Networks, in a statement. “This series will bring the historical stories of The Bible to life for a new generation. We are thrilled to work with Mark, who is a rare breed in the business. He is an amazing storyteller, and on this project, has the ability to deliver what we hope will be the largest audience History has ever seen.”

“The Bible is a sacred text that continues to challenge and inspire,” added Burnett. “We’ve been working on this project for the past two years and are deeply humbled to be given this once in a generation opportunity to breathe new visual life into The Bible’s profound stories. The Bible gives meaning and purpose to billions of people around the world, and sparks the curiosity of millions more.”

The series is being produced by Lightworkers Media and Hearts Entertainment & Syndication. Exec producers are Burnett, Downey and Richard Bedser. Exec producers for History are Dirk Hoogstra and Julian Hobbs.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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