'The Bible' Sequel Miniseries 'A.D.' Greenlit at NBCKevin Fitzpatrick |
'The Bible' miniseries proved a surprise smash for the History Channel in all its incarnations, but if the same week that saw a potential sequel for 'Shakespeare in Love' has taught us anything, it's that sequels can never be silenced. Ergo, prepare for NBC to go beyond the bible with epic new miniseries 'A.D.,' telling the post-Crucifixion tale in 2015!
“You might think the story is over at the Crucifixion, but as most of the world knows, that was only the beginning,” NBC Entertainment chief Jennifer Salke said in a statement. “Everyone’s lives were completely altered in an instant and the immediate aftermath of Christ’s death had an impact on his disciples, his mother Mary and key political and religious leaders of the time."
Mark Burnett, wife Roma Downey and Richard Bedser will again serve as executive producers, having acted as such on the previous 13-million viewer 'Bible' miniseries. Simon Block will pen the script with a director and cast to be revealed later.
So reads the logline for 'A.D.':
In the dark days after Jesus’ betrayal and death, a perfect storm brews in the Holy Land, fueled by social injustice, Roman military oppression and religious unrest. High priests and the Herod dynasty vie for power. Zealot revolutionaries turn to violence to regain what they believe is their promised land. And in the face of terrible odds and brutal persecution, the small band of Jesus’ disciples stand against the combined might of Rome and their own local authorities. In a generation of rebellion, war, famine, and carnage, who can they trust? Who should they fear? Will tomorrow bring a violent death? For many, it does … but others survive, and as the storm around them breaks, the fate of Israel, of Rome and of their faith is decided.
Well, what say you? Given NBC's risk taking of late, is a 'Bible' sequel miniseries worth checking out? How would you want to see 'A.D.' unfold in 2015?