Netflix, the world’s leading subscription streaming service, is developing a mini series that intends to explore the lines among religion, faith, and politics. Titled “Messiah” the ten episode project, which is expected to premiere in 2019, was created by Michael Petroni (“The Chronicles of Narnia: the Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” “The Book Thief”) and brought to Netflix by Petroni and Emmy award winning producer Mark Burnett, MGM’s President, Television Group & Digital (“The Voice,” “Shark Tank,” “Survivor” and “The Bible Series”).
The series will be executive produced by Petroni, Burnett, and Roma Downey (“The Bible Series,” “Son of God,” “Ben Hur”), Andrew Deane (Industry Entertainment) and James McTeigue (Sense8, V for Vendetta), who will also serve as a director.
“Messiah is a series that will have the audience asking big questions. What if someone showed up in 2018 amid strange occurrences and was thought to be the Messiah? What would society do? How would the media cover him? Would millions simply quit work? Could governments collapse?” said Downey and Burnett in a joint statement. “It’s a series that could change everything.”
“Messiah promises to be a fascinating series for viewers of every faith, and a thrilling drama filled with multi-layered characters set on a global stage,” added Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content for Netflix.