‘The Chosen’ Season 3: Interesting facts
Update: Due to overwhelming demand, the first two episodes of “The Chosen- Season Three” can be seen in Theaters through next Thursday, (Dec 1). *The Chosen is the first-ever multi-season TV show about the life of Jesus.
Locations + Ticket info: https://www.fathomevents.com/events/The-Chosen-Season-3-Episode-1-2
Interesting stuff about Season 3 of The Chosen…
The multi-season television series about Jesus and his disciples just might be the most popular Bible-based media project in modern entertainment history. It’s definitely the most popular Bible-based series in recent years.
The Chosen became the most successful crowdfunded media project of all time thanks to a donation-based straight-to-streaming strategy that has attracted more than 400 million views worldwide and an estimated 94 million viewers.
The Chosen team reached a new market last year with the release in theaters of Christmas with The Chosen: The Messengers, a film/musical event that broke Fathom records for total gross and ticket sales. (Fathom was its distributor.)
Season 3 was filmed on a new 900-acre set in Texas
The 900-acre set is actually the new permanent home for the series to be shot – in Texas, near Midlothian just outside of Dallas.
The film campus includes an authentic-looking first-century village (Matthew’s home is the largest home of the disciples), a 30,000-square-foot soundstage (a football field could nearly fit inside), offices and a lake.
The new campus was built in partnership with the Salvation Army and its Camp Hoblitzelle, an adjacent property.
Up until Season 3, The Chosen “didn’t really have a home,” said Brad Fogarty, a crewmember.
“We’re doing seven seasons of this thing … and we needed a place to call home,” he said.
Although The Chosen will have priority, the film campus can be used to make other projects when the series is not in production.
Season 3 will include one of the most famous stories in the Bible: the miraculous feeding of the 5,000.
Although filmmakers could have used special effects to depict such a large crowd, they instead chose realism, inviting thousands of Chosen fans to the set. Fans sewed their own costumes. They paid their own way. (I personally know of a family who drove nearly 1,000 miles to take part – other families traveled even further.) All total, the “feeding of the 5,000” extras represented all 50 states and some 36 countries.