Survivor EP Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are making a faith drama for Netflix
The married couple, who produced the 2013 'The Bible' miniseries, are producing 'Messiah' for the streaming giant
Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey — whose 2013 miniseries The Bible garnered huge ratings for the History Channel — are now executive producing a suspense drama for Netflix that explores religion, faith, and politics.
Dubbed Messiah, Netflix says the first 10 episodes will “chronicle the modern world’s reaction to a man who first appears in the Middle East creating a groundswell of followers around him claiming he is the Messiah. Is he sent from God or is he a dangerous fraud bent on dismantling the world’s geopolitical order? The story unfolds from multiple points of view, including a young CIA agent, an Israeli Shin Bet officer, a Latino preacher and his Texan daughter, a Palestinian refugee and the media, among others.”
The series is created by Michael Petroni (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader).
“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,” said Netflix VP of original content Cindy Holland in a statement.
“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.”
The series will debut in 2019.