Messiah will be the next religious-themed project coming from producer Mark Burnett.
Netflix, Burnett, and producing partner Roma Downey — along with Andrew Deane, and James McTeigue, who will also direct. This will follow other religion-based projects Burnett has produced such as The Bible, Women of The Bible, A.D. The Bible Continues, The Dovekeepers, and many others at various networks. Most famously, he is the producer of reality shows Survivor, The Apprentice, and Shark Tank.
Messiah will tell the story of the modern world’s reaction to a man who first appears in the Middle East creating a huge base of followers around and declaring him to be the new Messiah. The show will consist of 10 episodes, each an hour in length. the show itself will be seen through the eyes of multiple characters, each from a different walk of faith — 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.
“‘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 government’s collapse? It’s a series that could change everything.”
Change everything could be a bit of a stretch, but I see what they are going for here. Netflix had this to say:
“’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.”
The project was created by a writer named Michael Peroni, whose previous credits include The Rite, Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and the ABC drama Miracles that starred Skeet Ulrich.
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