CBS Orders 4 Hour Mini-Series ‘The Dovekeepers’

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CBS has given the green-light to The Dovekeepers, a mini-series adaptation of the Alice Hoffman novel which hails from The Bible producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. The four hour mini is set to air on CBS in 2015.

The Dovekeepers is based on the true events at Masada in 70 C.E. After being forced out of their home in Jerusalem by the Romans, 900 Jews were ensconced in a fortress at Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. Besieged at Masada, the Jews held out for months against the vast Roman armies. The miniseries will recount the unfolding events from the perspective of four extraordinary women who arrive at Masada independently and with unique backstories, but who share a common bond for survival. The mini is a co-production between CBS Television Studios and LightWorkers Media. The executive producers are Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. CBS Studios International is handling global distribution.

The Dovekeepers is a compelling, beautifully written novel that combines history and fiction into a timeless story of survival and heroism,” said Nina Tassler, President of CBS Entertainment. “We’re thrilled to be working with Roma Downey and Mark Burnett to bring Alice Hoffman’s epic saga to life. Mark and Roma possess an amazing passion for telling biblical stories and for producing entertaining television on an event scale.”

Executive Producer Roma Downey commented: “We are excited to get to turn this bestselling novel by Alice Hoffman into an epic miniseries that will be a major television event on CBS. This novel is a testament to the human spirit and how love can rise from the ashes of war. It is, quite simply, an amazing story of heroism and hope, and a story that must be seen not just with the eyes but felt with the heart.”

While Alice Hoffman added: “I am thrilled that my novel The Dovekeepers, produced by Roma Downey, who I so admire for her vision and strong commitment to the stories of women of the ancient world, will be at CBS with Nina Tassler, who is dedicated to storytelling at the highest level.”