Fans of “The Chosen” crashed the Fathom Events movie ticket site after news broke about when and where they could watch the finale of Season 3 of the popular series that explores Jesus through the eyes and lives of those close to him.
During a “Chosen” livestream on Sunday, the creator and director of the fan-supported series, Dallas Jenkins, announced that the finale will debut in theaters on February 2 and 3 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m in local markets, Christian Headlines.com reported on Monday.
“These are huge episodes,” Jenkins shared of the finale that will include Episodes 7 and 8 and the Feeding of the 5,000.
It was after that the demand for tickets was so large that the film’s distributor, Fathom Events, crashed. However, it is back up at the time of this publication.
“Episodes 7&8 of Season Three are so big they demand to be on the big screen,” a message on the series’ official Facebook page read.
“And apparently you demand it, too, as the rush for tickets initially crashed the Fathom Events website,” the message added. “But now you can get tickets there or your local listing for our big Season Finale Thursday, Feb 2 or Friday, Feb 3. As we explained in our big livestream (still viewable), we are still completing these episodes.”
“However: Our plans for the streaming release will NOT be delayed by the theatrical. Episode 7 livestream will be Sunday, Feb 5 and Episode 8 livestream will be TUESDAY, Feb 7,” the message continued. “More to come!”
The director of the series said there were several factors that lead to the decision to release the finale in theaters and one was because the scope of the story demands it, the outlet noted.
“Because of the success of the Christmas special last year, theaters are saying, ‘We want The Chosen in our theater,'” Jenkins shared. “… They’re saying, ‘Please release as many episodes as you can in theaters.'”
And as previously noted, the finale will include what the creator of the series has called “by far, the biggest thing we’ve ever done” regarding the filming for the Feeding of the 5,000.
The first two episodes of Season 3 premiered on the big screen with fans turning out, making it No. 3 at the box office opening weekend. It was later released for free to fans to watch on the show’s app and stream with a message about paying it forward, as previously reported.