California-based producer-distributor GRB Entertainment has optioned the film, television and digital/OTT rights for Jean-Pierre Isbouts’ New York Times best-selling book Archaeology of the Bible.
Published in October by National Geographic Books, Isbouts’ (pictured) book uncovers the history and archaeological discoveries from scripture and the biblical narrative in a historical context, while also discussing what has yet to be unearthed by archaeologists.
The book also includes such recent discoveries as the excavation of Magdala, the hometown of Mary of Magdalene along the Sea of Galilee; and the discovery of Herod’s palace in Jerusalem, where scholars believe Pontius Pilate tried Jesus.
Archaeology of the Bible marks the second book that GRB has licensed from Isbouts, following last year’s optioning of The Story of Christianity. Currently in development, the 12-part series chronicles Christianity through iconic locations, biblical figures and pivotal moments in the history of the Christian faith.
“Mining the incredible storytelling and scholarly analysis of Jean-Pierre’s work on Christianity and the Bible gives us the opportunity to bring history to life in compelling and comprehensive ways,” said GRB president and CEO Gary R. Benz in a statement. “This project exemplifies what GRB is all about – creating powerful and fascinating content that engages viewers of all backgrounds, creeds and points of view.”