The One Strange Rock producer, which previously made Finding Jesus for CNN, has been commissioned by the A+E Networks cabler to make eight-part event Jesus: His Life, which will explore the story of Jesus Christ through the people in his life who were closest to him.
Each of the eight chapters, which will begin airing on Monday March 25 and run for the four weeks to Easter, is told from the perspective of different biblical figures including Joseph, John the Baptist, Mary Mother of Jesus, Caiaphas, Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate, Mary Magdalene and Peter.
Utilizing some of the world’s most respected Biblical scholars, historians, faith leaders and theologians, including Robert Cargill, Christena Cleveland and Simon Sebag Montefiore, the series weaves together the canonical Gospels, historical sources and cultural context to create a portrait of Jesus – the man and the Messiah. The series reveals his journey through a complex world of kings, politicians, reformers and soldiers in a turbulent power struggle during a time of revolutionary change.
Jesus: His Life will be distributed internationally by A+E Networks. It is exec produced by Nutopia’s Jane Root and Ben Goold with Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and Evan Lerner serving as executive producers for History alongside Joel Osteen.
“Jesus: His Life brings together some of the world’s top scholars, historians and faith leaders from diverse ideological and theological perspectives to tell the story of Jesus in a new way,” said Mary Donahue, SVP, Programming and Development for History. “Viewers will see and experience the life of Jesus as never before, through this powerful and thought-provoking portrait of a man who is one of the most influential people in human history.”
History previously had success with 2013’s The Bible, a 10-part miniseries produced by Mark Burnett, which drew 11.7 million viewers for its finale.