U.S. cable net History’s epic 10-hour docudrama from Mark Burnett (pictured), The Bible, will debut on March 3 at 8 p.m. EST.
The programming event, announced in May 2011, will be executive produced by Burnett and his wife Roma Downey, who will also star as Mother Mary.
The new details that have emerged alongside the air date include the participation of actor and vocalist Keith David as narrator, and a musical score from Grammy- and Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer. The Bible will also have a Blu-ray and DVD release in April.
Combining live action – with a cast rounded out by Portuguese TV star Diogo Morgado as Jesus as well as David Rintoul, Greg Hicks and Peter Guinness – with state-of-the-art CGI, the series will tell the story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
“The Bible is a sacred text that continues to challenge and inspire,” said Burnett in a statement. “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.”
“History has a legacy of delving into important subjects to which all people are connected,” added Nancy Dubuc, president of entertainment and media for A+E Networks. “There’s no question the Bible is one of the world’s most significant and most popular books, which holds within it the incredible and powerful stories that truly changed the course of history and religion the world about.”
The Bible is produced for History by Lightworkers Media and Hearst Entertainment & Syndication. Executive producers are Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Richard Bedser. Executive producers for History are Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs.