"The Chosen" Heads Back to Set for Season Three
Creator Dallas Jenkins and his team launch production in Texas starting on Monday.
With more than 400 million views after just two seasons, The Chosen is a bona fide global hit. The streaming show about the life of Jesus kicks off production of its third season tomorrow morning (Monday) in pursuit of its ultimate goal: reaching one billion people with the Gospel.
The man behind the program, creator and director Dallas Jenkins, took time out of his schedule for what he called a "kickoff" livestream update on the eve of day one of production. The devout Christian made it clear up front that he and the team need prayer because there have been and still are lots of challenges and stress with travel, scheduling and ongoing construction of sets.
The first phase of season three's filming will take place at the Capernaum Studios in Weatherford, TX, which is where the entire first season was shot. At some point, filming will then move to a new facility that is being constructed south of Dallas in Midlothian. That will then become the permanent home of the show, which is scheduled to run seven seasons and 56 episodes when everything is said and done.
The eight episodes of this coming season will include the Sermon on the Mount from Jesus, played by Jonathan Roumie, the feeding of the 5,000, and what Jenkins called a "huge storyline" involving the Apostle Peter (Shahar Isaac) and his wife in the show, Eden (Lara Silva), as they deal with the pressure of his absence while traveling with Jesus and her resulting loneliness. And Jenkins added that arc will focus on Psalm 77, which is a cry to God for help in a time of distress.
There is no exact timeline for release of the episodes of season three, though Jenkins did mention he hopes some may be ready before the end of the year. He also anticipates the programs will be good because their "scripts turned out better" than he expected.
Christian Film Blog will follow production of the program and update you as warranted. In the meantime, you can check out the entire livestream, which includes cast interviews, an update on the novel for season two - written by Jerry Jenkins of Left Behind fame and Dallas' father - and find out what new show gear is on sale. It runs about an hour and 40 minutes and you can watch it below.