The Messiah is coming in 2019. Anyone who has followed the ongoing drama surrounding Maitreya, whom many believe to be the true anti-Christ, will surely be interested in the new drama just announced at Netflix. It's a story no network would touch, due to its controversial nature. And perhaps it will work better as a streaming series, as this is the type of story that will suck you in and won't let go if done right. It's a serious look at religion and its followers done in a very serious way. And it's going to be intense and gripping, to say the least.

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. Here is the official synopsis.

"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. said Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content for Netflix.

"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 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."

Said Downey and Burnett.

"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."

Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with 109 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

B. Alan Orange