Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader to Reteam for Netflix Series about Christianity


After The Irishman, Rolling Thunder Revue and Pretend It’s a City, it looks like Martin Scorsese’s relationship with Netflix is set to continue in the near future. Not only is he developing another upcoming project with them, but he is also bringing his old friend Paul Schrader into the fold for a new TV series they will collaborate on for the streaming service. In a recent interview with The New Yorker, Schrader revealed that they are developing a three year drama series about the origins of Christianity. Here’s what he had to say about it:

“It’s based on the Apostles and on the Apocrypha. It’s called ‘The Apostles and Apocrypha.’ Because people sort of know the New Testament, but nobody knows the Apocrypha. And back in the first century, there was no New Testament, there‚Äôs just these stories. And some were true, and some weren’t, and some were forgeries.”

Scorsese and Schrader previously worked together on such films as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull but the project that seems most directly related here is The Last Temptation of Christ. Both filmmakers have continued to explore faith and spirituality throughout their work over the years and clearly this seems like a common point of interest for them. That being said, this would be Schrader’s first time dabbling in television and his interview in The New Yorker was all about lamenting the loss of the feature film (the full interview is worth checking out). Are you looking forward to The Apostles and Apocrypha?