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Dallas Jenkins Gives Season 4 Update on First Day of Filming ‘The Chosen,’ Season 5

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Dallas Jenkins, creator and director of “The Chosen,” gave a few updates Thursday, April 11, from the set of Season 5, right before he and the cast and crew began filming the show’s next round of episodes.

“Hey there! It is Day 1. In the midst of all the craziness of us trying to get Season 4 to you…and in the midst of all the craziness of ‘The Chosen’ in general, all over the world, we are officially commencing Day 1 of 68 days of filming, here in beautiful Utah,” Jenkins said in a video showing him walking outside with the set behind him. “We have done our first rehearsal, and we are about to get going. It is unbelievable.”

‘The Chosen,’ Season 5, Begins Filming

“The Chosen” is a television series based on the life of Jesus and a global phenomenon. It has exploded in popularity in the U.S. and around the world, with its viewership recently reaching 200 million and with many sharing stories of how the series has personally, sometimes dramatically, impacted them.

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Starting Feb. 1, “The Chosen” became the first streaming TV series to release an entire season in theaters, and the eight episodes of Season 4 extended their run at a discount in U.S. theaters during the three days before Easter. 

Jenkins shared that not only was the release in theaters successful but also “the theatrical release is continuing right now all over the world.” What’s more, the first four episodes of Season 4 are currently being shown in churches and prisons throughout the U.S.

The show’s director had hoped that Season 4 would have been released to streaming by now but shared on March 10 that legal issues had delayed the streaming release. In his Thursday update, Jenkins said, “I’m sad to say that the legal matters that we are dealing with for Season 4 are still happening.” 

He addressed speculation that Season 4 won’t be out for months or even come out this year. “That is not the case. It will be well before then,” he said. While Jenkins cannot give an exact date, he is “hopeful that it will be some time in the near future.”

“It’s not going to be three months, ok?” said the director. “We are working on it actively. We are working on it every day.”