Netflix has a new scripted drama series in the works in which a mysterious figure roams the modern world, raising questions about faith and belief. The suspense series, “Messiah,” comes from creator Michael Petroni and executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.
The show is slated to roll out globally in 2019.
“‘Messiah’ 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,” Netflix says in an announcement released today about the project. “Is he sent from God or is he a dangerous fraud bent on dismantling the world’s geopolitical order? In ten hour-long episodes, 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 Netflix production will be executive produced by Petroni, who also wrote the first episode. Also executive producing are Burnett and Downey, Andrew Deane and James McTeigue, who will also serve as a director.
“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 Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content for Netflix.
Added Petroni, “Messiah will have every viewer asking the question ‘is he or isn’t he?’ How you answer that question may reveal more about you than it does about the show. Messiah challenges us to examine what we believe and why.”
In a joint comment from Downey and Burnett, the couple said: “‘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? It’s a series that could change everything.”