'Survivor' producer to take on The Bible

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.

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  • kivadiva

    will be interesting to watch????

    • wsugar

      I thought the end of the worl was canceled?

    • Rock Golf

      Adam, Eve, the Tribe has spoken….

    • Boston Rob

      Split up that Adam / Eve alliance immediately! Believe me, a strong couple will win every time!

  • rees

    I laughed… Considering the debacle of their last great epic, ‘The Kennedy’s’. Will this one have an episode dedicated to the sexiness of Marilyn Monroe, too?

  • greg

    Has Mark Burnett found God or something? First, there was all that Jesus talk on SURVIVOR this season, and now this . . . ?

  • Gabriel

    I thought the reason the Kennedy’s didn’t work out was because they were bending the facts to make it more dramatic. And isnt’ there conjecture as to whether or not the stories in the Bible are Historical fact. Aren’t the stories open to interpretation and not to be taken literal? I think this would be an interesting series on another channel.

  • j1Sh

    Is there something wrong with “finding” God…?

    • Matt

      Ha yes, there definitely is. But this isn’t the site to discuss this.

      • Alex

        Just because you think there is doesn’t make it so.

    • greg

      When it turns SURVIVOR into Sunday school for a whole season, yes.

  • Cygnus

    I just hope they’ve hired a slew of content advisors from across denominations. Otherwise, you’re going to have as much controversy about how certain scenes and sayings are portrayed and translated. At the very least, lets hope they create enough quality content that’s verbatim from the Bible, so sunday school teachers have some visuals to work with.

    • whatevs

      That would be nice because a lot of the stories in there can’t get much clearer. I’m sure they’ll take many liberties with it anyway.

  • Beth

    Should be airing on the SciFi channel.

    • Matt

      Hear hear!

    • Matt

      …except, minus the Sci part.

  • Clete

    It’s the history channel. Rick from Pawn Stars will part the Red Sea. The guys from Ax-men will cut down the trees to build the ark. The guys from swamp people will gather the animals. The guys from Mounted in Alaska will stuff them and the guys from American resoration will build the ark. All will be narrated by Larry the Cable guy.

  • bmo

    the history channel will air this but they won’t air the kennedys? #kindalame

  • Chad

    Matt…let it go already. You’re coming across as a really bitter, sad individual.

    • Matt

      Bitter? Hardly. Sad? Wouldn’t dream of it. I’m not judging anyone. But when someone suggests that this should be on the SciFi channel, one can’t help but laugh.

  • Doug

    will the kennedys have to approve the bible movie too before the history channel will show it? is it any wonder why nobody likes the kennedys???

  • Julie

    Throwing up. Right now.

  • Melissa

    They should get Matt from Survivor to play Jesus. Ugh.

  • Eli

    Sounds Great. Can’t wait for this one!

  • The Warden

    All I know is that at bedcheck Jesus was right there in cell 316. EVERY single one of my prisoners finds him here.

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