We reported earlier that a sequel to Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s religious epic The Bible would be picked up by NBC, and can now report that it will be called A.D.: Beyond the Bible and that it will focus on the early days of the struggling Christian church.
The History Channel carried the original epic mini-series in March, which received record-breaking ratings throughout its month-long run. In a statement, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said that History’s The Bible was only the beginning of a larger story.
“I followed the development process of ‘The Bible’ closely with Mark and knew that the story was far from over after Christ’s Crucifixion,” he said.
The second half of The Bible‘s 10-episode order is dedicated to the story of Jesus Christ, from birth to resurrection. Christ’s story takes up less than a quarter of the New Testament of the Bible itself, while the rest is dedicated to the early growth of the Christian church after his death.
The Bible crammed the rest of the New Testament into its final episode, but the sequel, A.D.: Beyond the Bible, will focus on those parts of the narrative more fully. The New Testament is primarily a religious/philosophical text comprised of letters passed between early church founders.
The title implies that The Bible‘s sequel will use this material, but also historical accounts of Biblical figures outside of the Bible itself in order to tell a full, scripted story.
In any case, it was clear back in March that Burnett had big plans for his Bible project. ”My feeling is that over the next 30 years, it wouldn’t be wrong to think a billion people will see this,” he said. “Or perhaps more.”
Are you interested in seeing The Bible sequel A.D.: Beyond the Bible when it ultimately debuts?