After the release of Jupiter’s Legacy and super thieves on netflix, american jesus will be the next big Millarworld adaptation to hit Netflix. It will premiere on Netflix under The chosen one (either The chosen one in Spanish) and was first announced among the initial slate of 2018 shows and movies. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming series.
First released in 2004 under the name of Chosen one, the comic series was among the first batch of Millarworld titles. The comic was written by Mark Millar, with art provided by Peter Gross.
comics were later relaunched as American Jesus, ultimately releasing three issues in total. A tracing Comedy series was released between 2019 and 2020 called American Jesus: the new Messiah.
american jesus was among the library of comics that Netflix acquired in 2017 with its acquisition of Millarworld. One year after the acquisition, the first list of Millarworld shows and movies were announced. with american jesus between the names.
This is what was announced about The chosen one At the time:
“The multilingual (Spanish/English) series American Jesus follows a twelve-year-old boy who suddenly discovers that he has returned as Jesus Christ. He can turn water into wine, make the crippled walk, and perhaps even raise the dead! How will he deal with the fate of leading the world in a conflict thousands of years in the making?
It should be noted that Netflix already has a show released under The chosen one. Were referring to the Brazilian television thriller which lasted two seasons.
Our first look at the series came via Netflix Tudum in September 2022:
Who’s behind The Chosen One / American Jesus for netflix?
Everardo Gota and Leopoldo Gota they were originally announced at first as co-showrunners. The former will also serve as director of the series.
Like how Netflix originally hired Steven S. DeKnight for Jupiter’s Legacy (who left the project in remarkably dramatic fashion), who directed the hit series. Reckless, Netflix bought one of the directors of luke cage in the form of Everardo Gota. He directed season 2, episode 12 of the Marvel series.
Elsewhere, Everardo is known for the eternal purge, released in 2021. He is directing an episode of joe picket for Paramount+ and working on shows like snow drill, The horrorNational Geographic Marsand suffering soul.
Leopoldo is known for serving as an executive producer on Netflix docuseries. Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich and as executive producer on zoo and Instinct.
He is also working on the series stacy perskie and serving as casting director is Luis Rosales.
who will star The chosen one on netflix?
No official cast list has been released as of yet, but at Netflix Tudum 2022, several cast members have been discussed and confirmed, including:
- tenoch orchard (black panther: wakanda forever, Narcos: Mexico)
- dianna argon (Happiness, The family)
That The chosen one about?
The official description of the comic gives us a solid indication of what to expect and it looks like it will follow the first issue closely:
“After surviving a freak accident, a twelve-year-old boy discovers that he is the Jesus Christ who has returned. He can turn water into wine, make the crippled walk… he can even raise the dead. How will he deal with his fate and lead the world through a conflict that has raged for thousands of years?
The Netflix page setup for American Jesus (which you have to navigate directly through at the time of writing this article and not available via search) states:
“A 12-year-old boy learns that he has returned as Jesus Christ in a final effort to save humanity and must enter his destiny. Based on the comic by Mark Millar.”
We’ve also seen descriptions of the two main characters: Jodie and her mom, Sarah.
Jodie is described as “a seemingly normal teenager until a freak accident makes her think otherwise. She is not pathologically shy but an introvert. She is also a great storyteller, a trait she uses to entertain her friends.
Sarah is described as “a beautiful and courageous woman. She is Jodie’s mother and she is very protective of him, even though she doesn’t know what she is protecting him from.”
When will production start on American Jesus?
Production on the show was thought to begin in spring 2020, but did not come to fruition. No doubt the delays were due, in part, to the global pandemic.
In May 2021, Mark Millar spoke to the deadline providing them with updates on the series saying:
“The development of American Jesus is coming wonderfully in the talented and capable hands of Everardo Gout and Leopoldo Gout. I am in awe of the creative options that Netflix has allowed us, and particularly because this series will feature dialogue in Spanish and English.”
Production was then tentatively set to begin on March 1, 2022. While we don’t have the exact filming locations, we do know that the majority of the show will be filmed in Mexico, specifically outside of Mexico City.
Speaking about why the show was being filmed in Mexico, Millar said:
“Moving the American Jesus to Mexico makes the mythological much more authentic and the apocalyptic even more real.”
The Millarworld account confirmed that filming for the series officially began on April 25, 2022. When asked if Mark Millar would be visiting the set, the account (no longer run by Millar) replied:
“I think Mark will show up at some point, but the set is 14 hours from Mexico City and the temperature is 40 degrees. As a redhead, I’m not sure he’s built to survive that!
Netflix’s American Jesus series begins shooting today in Mexico, based on the book by @mrmarkmillar & @PeterGrossArt. The best for our friends @LeopoldoGout, @everardogout and all the cast! pic.twitter.com/8lX6TLx8N0
— Millarworld (@mrmarkmillar) April 25, 2022
In Netflix Tudum 2022 (The chosen one presented around 1 hour and 45 minutes after the presentation), updates on the series were provided along with a wealth of behind-the-scenes photos and an interview with Mark Millar himself. The main clip focuses on “the first day of filming” at a fairgrounds.
Millar, speaking of the “spectacular” locations in which the series is filmed, said: “The visuals in the series are very, very interesting because normally what makes a comic book adaptation is the CGI cities. This is very real, so what they’ve done is flip it on its head and make the environment seem almost otherworldly.”
Added Millar: “I think the fans should be excited by the fact that I’m excited.”
Early in the show’s filming, a car crash incident claimed the lives of two actors and injured six other cast and crew members. The accident occurred during transit from Santa Rosalía to the local airport on June 16, 2022. Redrum, the production company behind the show, temporarily halted production of the show. later reports concluded that speeding was behind the accident.
While it’s been a rocky start for Millarworld Netflix, at least on the movie and TV front, the streamer has quietly released a slew of comics since 2018, including sharkey the bounty hunter, space Bandits, and more recently, king of spies.
Millarworld’s Next Netflix Project Listing Is Expected To Come Later The chosen one includes live action super thieves project and The Magic Orderwhich is back in development after a delay.
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