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Netflix Greenlights ‘Messiah’ Series

 Netflix has greenlit a religion-themed drama series Messiah executive produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.

The series 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. Burnett and Downey (The Bible Series) will executive produce the series, which was created by Michael Petroni (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader).

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 in a statement.

Downey and Burnett added: "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? t’s a series that could change everything."

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