Mark Burnett and Roma Downey Producing 'Messiah' for Netflix

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Producer, CEO of UAMG Mark Burnett (L) and President of Lightworkers Media, actress, producer Roma Downey attend The 2015 PURPOSE: The Family Entertainment & Faith-Based Summit presented by Variety on June 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are producing Messiah, a contemporary, religious-themed, suspense drama slated to debut on Netflix in 2019.

No casting has been announced yet for the 10-part series, which was created by Michael Petroni, who wrote the first episode and will executive produce the rest of the show. James McTeigue— of Sense8 and V for Vendetta fame—is to direct the project.

"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?" Downey and Burnett said in a joint statement Thursday. "It's a series that could change everything."

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The miniseries is set in Italy during World War II.

"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," remarked Cindy Holland, vice president of original content for Netflix.

"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," added Petroni, whose film credits include The Chronicles of Narnia: the Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Book Thief.

Downey and Burnett have produced The Bible SeriesSon of God and Ben Hur.

By Karen Butler

Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.