Entertainment One Developing Bible-Mafia Drama Mashup ‘King David’

Entertainment One Developing Bible-Mafia Drama Mashup 'King David'

Famous biblical character to get an Al Capone makeover

King David, meet Al Capone.

eOne is developing a new drama series, “King David,” which will bring a dark new spin to the biblical figure. Billed as an “epic mafia show in biblical clothing,” the series will pull the character out of scripture and bring to life the “full, contradictory character of the greatest warrior-king and patriarch of the Bible –  a man who must make monstrous choices that betray his personal ideals and turn his family against him.”

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The company, which produces and distributes the AMC drama “Hell on Wheels” and internationally distributes the network's zombie hit “The Walking Dead,” is teaming with Atmosphere Entertainment to develop and produce the project. eOne Television CEO John Morayniss and executive vice president of U.S. scripted television Michael Rosenberg are executive producing, along with Atmosphere's Mark Canton. David Hopwood and Matthew Einstein are co-executive producing.

“We are excited to bring the layered and fascinating legend of King David to life. The series will expose the complex humanity of one of history's greatest icons, and deliver gripping drama with colossal stakes,” Rosenberg said. “We have found great partners in Mark and his team at Atmosphere to produce a larger-than-life show with themes and stories that will captivate audiences.”

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Patrick Moss and Jeremy Anderson, who recently sold the “Great Expectations” adaptation “Legacy” to ABC, are writing the project.