Netflix, the world's leading Internet entertainment service, will bring "Messiah," an epic suspenseful drama exploring the lines among religion, faith, and politics, to its members around the globe 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. 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 series 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").
"Messiah," a Netflix production, will be executive produced by Petroni, who also wrote the first episode. Also executive producing are 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' 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.
Said 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."
"'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?" said Downey and Burnett. "It's a series that could change everything."