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Mark Burnett to create Bible docudrama

After introducing TV audiences to Survivor, The Apprentice, Sarah Palin's Alaska and Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, reality television mogul Mark Burnett is now set to tackle the Bible.
Reality TV guru Mark Burnett, left, and his wife, actress Roma Downey, will produce the five-part docudrama The Bible for History Channel. (Matt Sayles/Associated Press)

After introducing TV audiences to Survivor, The Apprentice, Sarah Palin's Alaska and Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, reality television mogul Mark Burnett is now set to tackle the Bible.

Burnett is working on a five-part, 10-hour series, simply titled The Bible, that will cover "Genesis to Revelation," U.S. network History announced on Tuesday. Genesis is the first book of the Bible and Revelation the last.

"The Bible is a sacred text that continues to challenge and inspire," Burnett said in a statement.

We "are deeply humbled to be given this once-in-a-generation opportunity to breathe new visual life into the Bible's profound stories. The Bible gives meaning and purpose to billions of people around the world, and sparks the curiosity of millions more."

Burnett said his team started working on the epic docudrama two years ago. He will produce the series with his wife, Irish actress and former Touched By an Angel star Roma Downey.

Noah's Ark, Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt and the life, death and resurrection of Jesus are among the stories the series will revisit, using both live action and CGI footage.

The project is slated for broadcast in 2013.

"This series will bring the historical stories of the Bible to life for a new generation," said History president and general manager Nancy Dubuc, who praised Burnett as an amazing storyteller.

"On this project, [he] has the ability to deliver what we hope will be the largest audience History has ever seen."