Netflix has opted not to reenew provocative drama Messiah for a second season.
“It’s a very sad day today,” WIl Traval wrote. “I have just received news from Netflix that there will be no season 2 of #messiah I wanted to say to all the fans thank you for your support and love. I wish things were different.”
Created by Michael Petroni and produced by The Bible‘s Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, Messiah explored the lines among religion, faith and politics. In the series, the CIA investigates a man referred to by some as Al-Masihwho is attracting international attention and followers through acts of public disruption. The officer in charge embarks on a global, high-stakes mission to uncover whether he is a divine entity or a deceptive con artist.
Messiah features a large international cast and is filmed in multiple locations around the world. According to sources, it is the type of production that would be extremely difficult to pull off any time soon as most of the world continues to be gripped by the global coronavirus pandemic.
Additionally, the series faced some controversy. The Messiah trailer sparked backlash over the name al-Masih, prompting a change.org petition urging a boycott of the series, which did not receive a wide support. Also raising eyebrows in the Middle East was a scene in the series involving shooting on Jerusalem’s sacred Temple Mount.
Two days before its release, The Royal Film Commission of Jordan requested that the drama is not shown in the predominantly Muslim countries.
“Messiah is a work of fiction,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement to Deadline at the time. “It is not based on anyone character, figure or religion. All Netflix shows feature ratings and information to help members make their own decisions about what’s right for them and their families.”
The cast includes Tomer Sisley, Michelle Monaghan, John Ortiz, Melinda Page Hamilton, Stefania LaVie Owen, Jane Adams, Sayyid El Alami and Fares Landoulsi.