Filmmaker Dallas Jenkins and the star of his new series “The Chosen,” Jonathan Roumie, spoke about the power behind their multi-season hit series at the 28th annual Movieguide Awards.
The first-ever multiseason show about the life of Jesus’ followers, “The Chosen: Season One,” is now available to stream worldwide. The series became the No. 1 crowdfunded media project in history, raising over $11 million from more than 16,000 investors at the top of 2019. It has now superseded those numbers and Jenkins says he believes it’s because “The Chosen” is resonating with audiences.
“It’s really been amazing to see the response over the last few months. I think what people are responding to is that it’s a show about Christ that actually feels authentic,” Jenkins told The Christian Post in an interview last month at the awards show that honors faith and family content.
Jenkins, the son of Christian novelist Jerry Jenkins of the Left Behind series, said he and his team worked really hard to make sure the series drew viewers into the stories told.
“I think the style of the show is such that it doesn’t feel like it’s formal or staged, or emotionally distant. So I think people who aren’t even necessarily believers can still appreciate it, because I think they’re interested to see stories about these people who lived 2000 years ago,” Jenkins continued. “I don’t think you necessarily have to believe Jesus is the Son of God to actually still enjoy the show. However, we’re seeing so many people who watch the show, and then are compelled to find out more from the Gospels.”
Jonathan Roumie, who plays Jesus in the series, told CP that he believes people enjoy the series because of the quality of the content.
“Most people’s experience with faith-based media is a little like, ‘It was a great idea but it just kind of falls flat for a number of reasons,’” Roumie said. “I think what makes us different is that we have time to explore the lives of these people that lived with Christ. And we’re not coming from a specifically denominational point of view, which is what I think has been one of the biggest draws is that people from all over, even agnostics and atheists, it’s the story first.”
He added, “If you don’t tell a story well, it doesn’t matter what the message is. So luckily, Dallas and his team are brilliant at what they do. And we get to be a part of it.”
Roumie was baptized as an infant and raised in the faith but said his faith grew even more after playing the role of the Messiah in “The Chosen.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law