'The Bible' Makers Working on CBS Miniseries 'The Dovekeepers'

Tuesday, 10 Dec 2013 08:50 AM

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Image: 'The Bible' Makers Working on CBS Miniseries 'The Dovekeepers'
Television Producer Mark Burnett, left, and wife actress Roma Downey.
The makers of TV blockbuster "The Bible" are going back again in time for a 4-hour CBS miniseries based on the historical novel "The Dovekeepers."

The network announced that it will air the miniseries sometime in 2015. Actress Roma Downey and her husband, veteran television producer Mark Burnett, will make it. The couple scored a major hit with their miniseries "The Bible" on the History channel earlier this year, according to The Associated Press.

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The novel is about four women who work to save 900 Jews being attacked by Romans in a fortress in Masada.

Alice Hoffman's novel "The Dovekeepers" was published in 2011, and was called "an amazing story of heroism and hope" by Downey.

Meanwhile, a movie adaption of "The Bible," called "Son of God" and highlighting the life of Jesus Christ, has been purchased by 20th Century Fox and will be release to theaters on Feb. 28.

Combining previously aired and unused footage from the 10-part "The Bible" miniseries, "Son of God" will run more than two hours. The studio is banking on its TV popularity, which shocked many when its two-hour finale, broadcast in March on the History Channel, earned blockbuster ratings.

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About 13 million viewers tuned in to the show's finale, which portrayed the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. It marked the History Channel's highest-watched show and garnered three Emmy nominations, later selling close to 1 million units on DVD, Blu-ray, and DigitalHD platforms.

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