History channel is bringing back the biblical epic, hiring Survivor producer Mark Burnett for a 10-hour series, titled simply The Bible. The scripted docu-drama will use live action and CGI to tell the greatest story ever told from Genesis to Revelation, from Noah’s Ark and the Exodus to Daniel in the Lion’s Den to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. The network notes the book continues to be the best-selling title in America, with more than 25 million copies sold last year.
“The Bible is a sacred text that continues to challenge and inspire,” Burnett said. “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.”
Of course, History’s last epic miniseries didn’t turn out so hot. The Kennedys ended up causing a storm of controversy and was booted to Reelz Channel.
“There’s no question The Bible is one of the world’s most significant books,” said History president and general manager Nancy Dubuc. “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 will air in 2013.