A 10-part scripted series based on The Bible is coming in
2013 to the History Channel, produced by Survivor-producer Mark Burnett and his
wife, Touched By An Angel star Roma Downey. The docu-drama will combine live
action with CGI to retell such familiar events as the Great Flood, the Exodus and
the Resurrection of Jesus.

“The Bible” will draw from the New International
Version and the New Revised Standard Version translations of the Bible, and a
team of theologians and scholars will serve as consultants. The plan also includes
location shooting in the Middle East.

“Our job,” Burnett told AP, “is to tell the stories in an
emotionally connected way.”

“This is probably the most important book in mankind,
regardless of your beliefs or religious affiliation,” History Channel president
and general manager Nancy Dubuc told The Hollywood Reporter. “We spend a
lot of time talking about this book, and probably not enough time knowing
what’s in it. One of the most important things about history is knowing the
stories of history.”

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