Are The Beatles bigger than the Bible? NBC is looking to find out -- Deadline is reporting that the network is in development on an eight-episode event series based on The Beatles.
"The Tudors" creator and executive producer Michael Hirst is currently writing the program, with Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg set to executive produce. Both worked with him on the Showtime drama. NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt gave "The Tudors" the green light when he was overseeing Showtime.
NBC has been pushing "event TV" with varying levels of success. The live staging of "The Sound of Music" was a major hit, while the remake of "Rosemary's Baby" was met with poor reviews and far from overwhelming ratings. Greenblatt also gave the go-ahead to Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's follow up to the high-rated History Channel miniseries "The Bible," titled "A.D." The 12-part miniseries is supposed to air in the spring of next year.
"We are firmly in the 'event' business," Greenblatt told Deadline when the "A.D." news was announced in December. "And nothing has more event potential than 'A.D.'"
No timetable has been given on when to expect The Beatles' series, but we'll certainly bring you more as soon as the story develops.