The entertainment studio behind the hit series The Chosen announced more than $100 million in new original content during an investor's event last week, saying it wants to produce stories that "amplify light" in a world filled with darkness.
Angel Studios CEO Neal Harmon told a live streaming audience during "Illuminate '22" that more than a dozen new family-friendly projects are on the horizon, including Season 3 of The Chosen, a new project about the founding of America and multiple new titles for children.
All Angel Studios projects, he said, will "amply light" – a phrase he defined as stories that are "true, honest, noble, just, authentic, lovely, admirable, excellent and worthy of praise." The goal gets its inspiration from Philippians 4:8.
Angel Studios was founded as an alternative to Hollywood. The projects will be financed via crowdfunding and venture capital firms.
More than 50,000 people have invested in Angel Studios projects, Harmon said.
"We're thrilled at the caliber of content that the Angel Studios investors selected for crowdfunding this year, validating our thesis that the crowd will make better decisions than a few executives," Harmon said.
A dozen titles were announced during the event, including:
- Luso, a series about the founding of America. It will be directed by David Henrie (Reagan, Little Boy, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2).
- The Chosen, Season 3, which is expected to be released in late 2022.
- Tuttle Twins, Season 2, which is in pre-production.
- Dry Bar Comedy, Season 10, which is currently filming.
- The Wingfeather Saga, Season 1, which is expected to be released in December.
- The Riot and the Dance, Season 2, which is scheduled to be released in late summer/early fall.
- Jungle Beat (five seasons), which will be released in 2022.
- David, a full-length animated movie about the Old Testament king, which is in pre-production.
- Pharma, a project based on the true story of Dr. Frances Kelsey.
- The German King, a project based on the true story of Rudolf Duala Manga Bell.
- Truth and Conviction, a series about teenage resistors in Nazi Germany.
- Testament, a re-telling of the book of Acts, set in the modern-day.
"Angel went from the verge of bankruptcy to $123 million in revenue in one year," Harmon said, referencing the studio surviving a lawsuit by Disney. "This success is fueled by the global popularity of shows funded by 50,000 Angel investors, everyday people who have united together to make the media they want to see in the world."
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.