Fox Preps Drama Covering Jesus' Early Years

Fox Preps Drama Covering Jesus' Early Years

More faith-based projects are coming to screens large and small.

We’ve already seen God’s Not Dead, Noah, Son of God and Heaven Is for Real in theaters this year, and now Fox is prepping a television series focusing on the early years of Jesus Christ.

Dubbed Nazareth, the show chronicles Jesus’s “formative years,” a time period of particular focus due to the lack of written material. It’s not the only TV project focusing on this time frame.

Lifetime in February started development on The One, a TV movie from Hatfields & McCoys producer Leslie Greif and writers Frank DeJohn and David Alton Hedges, which is described as a coming-of-age story exploring Jesus’ early life and formative years as he comes to learn he is the Son of God and is destined for greatness.

Other small-screen projects of a spiritual bent include an NBC sequel to the 2013 smash The Bible, a NatGeo series Killing Jesus and a 10-part 10 Commandments series.

The faith-based trend will also merge with Hollywood’s remake obsession. The Bible’s producers, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey will help bring a new version of Ben-Hur to theaters in Feb. 2016.