Jerusalem: The Biography gets the TV series treatment

jerusalemthebiographyVarious sites are reporting that Lionsgate TV in the UK is developing a TV series adaptation of Simon Sebag Montefiore’s bestseller Jerusalem: The Biography. The book covers the history of Jerusalem over a period of about three thousand years — from King David, who made the city his capital circa 1000 BC, to the Six-Day War in AD 1967 — and Lionsgate creative chief Steve November says the series will run for “multiple seasons.” Does this mean we’ll get at least one season’s worth of essentially biblical content? The book is about 500 pages long — not counting the endnotes and all the other stuff that comes after the final chapter — and over 100 of those pages span the biblical period, from David to Jesus and the destruction of Jerusalem a few decades later. So, maybe? We have, of course, seen other TV series about David and Jesus recently, from last year’s Of Kings & Prophets to A.D. The Bible Continues the year before. Sebag Montefiore’s book was previously turned into a three-part BBC documentary that he hosted in 2011.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).