A New Era: ‘JESUS (2025)’ Animation Headed for Cinemas

A New Era: ‘JESUS (2025)’ Animation Headed for Cinemas

The Jesus Film is set for a cutting edge animated remake, due in cinemas December 2025.

The Jesus Film Project, the evangelistic organisation working to take the story of Jesus to the world on screen, has announced the launch of their latest cinematic undertaking, JESUS (2025).

The ground-breaking film, headed for cinemas worldwide in December 2025, will introduce the story of Jesus to a new generation through cutting-edge animation tech, as well as using virtual reality for the social platform Metaverse.

The film is described as a "spectacular remake" of the iconic 1979 JESUS film, which holds a Guinness World Record as the most translated film of all time.

From 'Lion King' to King of Kings

JESUS (2025) is the work of a crack team of technical and production experts whose credits include Pixar, Disney, and Star Wars. It was directed by Dominic Carola, known for his work on Mulan, The Lion King and Lilo & Stitch.

Carola said he was honored to serve with “a dream team of feature animation veterans and impressive studio industry artisans” in making the film.

“We are working towards presenting the true story of Jesus beautifully animated and making His story more accessible to the world,” Carola said. “Leaning into a classic artistic approach, we’re combining that with ground-breaking digital innovations to deliver a visually stunning and emotionally resonant portrayal of Jesus’ life like never before.

“The team is thoroughly excited that subsequent aspects of the animated film will be used across various platforms, including virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and the emerging Metaverse.”

Building on 40 Years of Work

Tens of millions of people across the world have made decisions to follow Jesus as a result of the original 1979 film. The 2025 film builds on more than 40 years of translation work and relationship building, and it is hoped that the release of the new animated version will introduce an entirely new generation to the hope and truth of the gospel message.

Josh Newell, executive director of Jesus Film Project, said, “Just like the original, this animated experiential film will ultimately touch lives in over 2,000 languages, spreading the hope of Jesus to people around the globe. It’s amazing to be a part of the continued dispersal of the story of Jesus. Even still in 2023, we’re sharing the gospel in new languages and new ways. The telling of the story of Jesus has evolved throughout history, from the Roman Road to the Gutenberg Press, and right up to the present day through the medium of animated film.”

Learn More

Follow the latest from the Jesus Film Project by visiting jesus.film or by downloading the free Insider App to receive regular updates, behind-the-scenes images and prayer points.

For more info or interviews, email rachel@jeseyroadpr.com.

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