It was in May 2011 when the History Channel greenlit a 5-part, 10-hour docudrama series based on the bible, from Mark Burnett, the executive producer of Survivor. Titled simply, The Bible, the series was to focus on some of the most universally familiar tales from the bible. The 10-hour project, which Burnett is said to have been working on for about 4 years now, was reportedly shot on location, and includes a combo of live action and CGI (well, naturally).”This series will bring the historical stories of The Bible to life for a new generation,” said History Channel president Nancy Dubuc. The epic cast for this epic series is long; but look for Nonso Anozie as Samson (as in the story of Samson and Delilah) – the Israelite who was granted supernatural strength by God (his strength is in his hair) in order to combat his enemies and perform heroic feats like wrestling a lion, and slaying an entire army (photo above); and also Keith David provides voice-overs throughout. And there are others. The series now has a premiere date – 3/3/13 on History Channel. It’ll be on Blu-ray and DVD soon after. This is just one of a few Bible film projects on the horizon, as there seems to be some renewed interest in biblical tales.
A trailer for the series has arrived, and it’s embedded below: