From Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the executive producers of The Bible and the upcoming follow-up A.D., comes another faith-based project, a drama based on the classic German legend of Faust. In one of the most intriguing pairings this development season, the husband and wife duo of Burnett and Downey have teamed on Faust with comic book wiz Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics, who also is an accomplished screenwriter and playwright.
Written by Aguirre-Sacasa, Faust is described as a faith-based medical procedural and a contemporary take on the popular tale about a scholar who sells his soul to the Devil for ultimate knowledge, which will explore questions of faith and the supernatural in a grounded, realistic way.
Set in Washington, DC, the drama centers on an ambitious surgeon forced to confront a terrible truth: That he may lose everything good in his life—his job, his family, his very soul—when a diabolical stranger from his past arrives, to collect on a bargain they made thirteen years earlier. Aguirre-Sacasa executive produces with Burnett and Downey. The series hails from Downey and Burnett‘s LightWorkers Media, the faith and family division of United Artists Media Group, Burnett and Downey’s joint venture with MGM and Hearst.
Faust is miles away from Aguirre-Sacasa’s other high-profile sale this season, drama Riverdale at Fox based on the characters from the Archie comics. WME-repped Aguirre-Sacasa is writing/executive producing Riverdale, on which he also has teamed with an A-list producer. Greg Berlanti. In TV, Aguirre-Sacasa previously worked on Fox’s Glee and HBO’s Big Love.
In addition to A.D., which premieres on Easter Sunday, Burnett and Downey have two other faith-based projects, The Women Of The Bible on Lifetime and The Dovekeepers at CBS. Additionally, TLC recently ordered a six-part series from the couple about people who claim they’ve experienced “divine intervention,” which will be hosted by Downey. On the scripted series side, Burnett and Downey have drama Unveiled, revolving around guarding angels, in development at NBC.
The legend of Faust has received numerous literary and screen interpretations. Taking on the tale over the centuries were such literary luminaries as Goethe, Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Mann and Mikhail Bulgakov. On TV, the CW’s Reaper was a comedic riff on the story. Also touching on the premise was the based-on-a-book movie The Devil’s Advocate, which NBC is currently developing as a drama series.