Filmmaker shares how biggest failure led to record-breaking TV show about Jesus and His followers

Jeannie LawApr 24, 2019 01:50 PM EDT
Simon and Andrew on Galilee on set of The Chosen, 2018. | The Chosen

DALLAS- Dallas Jenkins, creator of "The Chosen," a new multi-season TV show on the life of Jesus, reveals how God spoke to him about creating the new record-breaking series during a difficult season in his Hollywood career.

"What's interesting about 'The Chosen' is that I didn't even really know that I wanted to put it out there until it was given to me," Jenkins told The Christian Post during a visit to the set of "The Chosen" in December.

At the top of the year "The Chosen" became the No. 1 crowdfunded media project in "history," raising over $10 million from over 16,000 investors who want to see the multi-series made.

Jenkins, son of Jerry B. Jenkins, the writer behind the popular "Left Behind" franchise, has been in the film making business himself for almost two decades. It was one of his Hollywood bombs, however, that inspired him to venture into the new inspiring series.

"This project was actually birthed out of one of my biggest career failures. Last year, early in 2018. I had done a feature film that didn't do well at the box office to the point where I had many movies lined up to do and then they all kind of went aside [because] the movie didn't do well," Jenkins revealed.

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