The ‘Messiah’ is Coming

(Above: Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, courtesy of Sarah Stierch, under Creative Commons license)

The husband-and-wife faith-based production team of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, whose previous projects include History Channel’s The Bible, has scored a Netflix deal for Messiah.

In the 10-episode drama, a man appears in the Middle East claiming to be the messiah. But Messiah won’t be a Biblical epic. Instead, the series will be set in the present day, exploring how the world reacts to this “second coming.”

Specifically, you’ll get the points of view of “a young CIA agent, an Israeli Shin Bet officer, a Latino preacher and his Texan daughter, a Palestinian refugee and the media, among others.”

“What would society do? How would the media cover him? Would millions simply quit work? Could governments collapse?” said Downey and Burnett, who are executive producers, along with show creator Michael Petroni (The Chronicles of Narnia), show director James McTeigue (Sense8) and Andrew Deane of Industry Entertainment.

Downey, also an actress known for Touched by an Angel, and Burnett, also the creator of reality shows like Survivor, have recently launched the  the faith-based short-form video site and the over-the-air channel Light TV. Both are backed by MGM.

Netflix said its Messiah will come in 2019.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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