“David,” an upcoming animated film depicting the life of the biblical character, has set a new crowdfunding record, raising nearly $50 million. The previous record was held by “The Chosen.”
The faith-based project has $10 million more to go to reach its $60 million production goal by March 31.
Nearly 10,000 people have financially backed the film. Investments have ranged from the minimum amount of $100 to thousands of dollars.
An Epic Biblical Story — ‘The David Movie’
“There is no better story of faith and courage than that of David, who not only defeated a giant but inspired a nation!” the film’s website boasts. “Throughout David’s life, he was a warrior, poet, shepherd, and king whose life was full of energy and adventure. DAVID portrays the possibility of a living and breathing relationship with God.”
Executives for “David” credit the online community surrounding the film for this record-breaking support.
“In partnership with Angel Studios, and as an expression of faith, we set the goal of making DAVID the most-watched theatrically released animated film of all time,” shared movie executives. “This is not a goal driven by ego, but rather by a stretch of vision. We know that God is ‘able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine’ (Ephesians 3:20).”
Angel Studios also produced “The Chosen,” a multi-season TV drama telling the “story of Jesus through the eyes of those who followed him.” Millions of people have watched and shared the series with friends and family.
Artists, animators, filmmakers, and musicians from “David” have also worked on successful projects such as “Finding Nemo,” “Moana,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “The Lord of the Rings,” and “Zootopia.”
Executive Producers Phil and Jacqui Cunningham have kept their faith at the center of their lives and careers through the creation of Sunrise, a computer animation studio. Together, they believe in building teams of talented people in a community rich with mentoring relationships.
Sunrise Studios and Angel Studios have come together for the monumental project.
As David authored many of the Psalms, it makes sense for this movie to be a musical, and the film’s music is produced by Grammy Award-winning Jason Halbert. Halbert is known for his work on The Kelly Clarkson Show and as a keyboardist for DC Talk.
The David Movie will also have film-related merchandise available even before the movie releases. A plush doll of Tali, a lamb featured in the film, is now available.