"The Dovekeepers is a compelling, beautifully written novel that combines history and fiction into a timeless story of survival and heroism," CBS president Nina Tassler said in a statement. "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."
The novel follows four women whose lives intersect in Masada in 70 A.D., when Jews who had been forced out of Jerusalem held out against Roman armies.
The Dovekeepers is set to debut in 2015. Will you watch?
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