NBC is teaming up with Mark Burnett and Roma Downey for the follow-up to the extremely successful Bible miniseries that aired on the History Channel earlier this year.
“There was huge interest in this project within the television community,” network president Jennifer Salke said (via TVLine). “NBC is gratified by Mark’s confidence in our ability to partner with him and position this miniseries as true event television.” NBC is also home to the Voice, which lists Burnett as an executive producer.
The Bible debuted its ten-episode run in early March to an audience of 13.1 million, the largest of any cable broadcast thus far this year.
“The story was far from over after Christ’s Crucifixion,” according to NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt. “In fact, what happened in the aftermath—which is essentially the beginning of Christianity—is utterly fascinating.”
The sequel’s tentative title is AD: Beyond the Bible, and will tell the story of “the dark days after Jesus’ betrayal and death…[when] the fate of Israel, of Rome and of their faith is tested.”