"Fox may have found its own version of 'The Bible,'" The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed reports. "The network has inked an overall deal with Bob Cooper's Landscape Entertainment and teamed with the banner to develop 'Nazareth,' The Hollywood Reporter has learned."
Academy Award-winning writer David Franzoni ("Gladiator") is on board to write the script and executive produce with Cooper, Tyler Mitchell and Eleven Films' Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson, the piece reports. The project, from Landscape, FX Productions and Entertainment One, examines the formative years of Jesus of Nazareth.
"Landscape's Fox overall deal, which specifically covers event series, is in addition to the company's pact with eOne. That deal was extended in February for another two years and covers projects targeted primarily for cable. eOne serves as the studio and deficit financier and handles worldwide distribution," THR notes.
The project becomes part of a slate of limited series at Fox, which also includes "24: Live Another Day," "Gracepoint" and "Wayward Pines."
The THR report notes: "Religious-themed miniseries have become all the rage at both broadcast and cable networks following History's record-breaking 10-part mini 'The Bible.' NBC snagged Mark Burnett's follow-up, 'A.D.: Beyond the Bible,' which takes place in the days after Jesus' death. (He's also prepping limited entry 'Plymouth.') For its part, CBS is teaming with Burnett to adapt Alice Hoffman's 'The Dovekeepers' — about the siege of Masada — as a four-hour mini."