Roma Downey, Mark Burnett developing new series about Jesus' second coming for Netflix

(Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)Executive producer Roma Downey and her husband producer Mark Burnett pose at the premiere for the movie "Ben-Hur" at TCL Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California U.S., August 16, 2016.

Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the producers behind the hit mini-series "The Bible," are reportedly working on a religious drama titled "Messiah" for Netflix.

The series, which is still in its early developmental stages, would be set in the modern day and would narrate how the world would react to a man who performs miracles in the Middle East, according to Variety.

The faith-based series was created and written by Michael Petroni, whose previous works include the ABC drama "Miracles" and the screenplay for the feature film adaptation of "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader."

He was also credited with writing the screenplay of the 2011 Anthony Hopkins exorcism horror-drama "The Rite."

Burnett and Downey will be serving as the executive producers through their company LightWorkers Media, which is a division of MGM. Petroni will also serve as an executive producer along with Andrew Deane of Industry Entertainment.

The project gained media attention last week when Deadline reported that it was one of 15 television productions that will benefit from California-based tax credit. It was reportedly approved for a $7.5 million tax credit in the new series category.

It has not been officially greenlighted by Netflix, but it has been earmarked for filming in Los Angeles.

Although Burnett and Downey are closely working with Netflix, they recently launched Light TV, a 24-hour faith and family entertainment channel, in partnership with Fox network, according to Eternity News.

The husband and wife team was behind the remake of "Ben-Hur," which tanked at the box office and was not well-received by critics.

They also produced other faith-based projects including the TV movie "Women of the Bible" at Lifetime, "A.D. The Bible Continues" on NBC, "The Dovekeepers" at CBS, and the 2014 film "Son of God."

Downey stated in a 2014 interview with The Christian Post that they believed their projects were aimed at an audience who are often ignored by the Hollywood industry.

"We find it encouraging ... that the success of 'The Bible' series with a hundred million viewers showing up revealed to our industry that there is a huge audience for these kinds of projects, an audience that I think has often been under-served," she said.

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