What started as a crowdsourcing project has grown into something much bigger. 

The Chosen, a multi-season drama about the life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of his followers, is now a massive global phenomenon with over 110 million viewers in 175 countries around the world, with plans to make it available in 600 languages.

This week it was announced that Lionsgate acquired worldwide distribution rights to all seasons of The Chosen. 

"Lionsgate is perfect for us,” said creator, director and producer Dallas Jenkins. “They’re strong and experienced in the areas we’re not, but they also understand what’s unique about us and will protect that. We’ll continue to do what we do best unabated, and they’ll expand our efforts with their tremendous distribution team.”

Three seasons of The Chosen have been produced, and seasons 1 and 2 are available on Peacock/Amazon Prime and Season 1 is on Netflix. A fourth season is currently in production.

“The more I learned about The Chosen, the more I wanted to ensure that it is on the best platforms across the globe. It’s no surprise that an artfully crafted story about such an important historical figure, unlike anything done before, would be in great demand,” said Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television Distribution Jim Packer. “The multi-season approach has allowed The Chosen to consistently build its audience and generate a unique level of engagement. We’re excited by the opportunity to elevate this incredible property to the next level of worldwide recognition and popularity.”

The series continues to grow in popularity, generating 6.5 million followers across social media and $35 million at the box office in special event theatrical releases.  

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