CV NEWS FEED // Amazon MGM Studios recently announced a partnership with the Wonder Project to produce an upcoming show on Prime Video about King David and King Saul in an attempt to reach a Christian audience.
Amazon MGM Studios made the announcement on January 17, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The first show the partnership will bring exclusively to Prime Video is “House of David,” a retelling of the Old Testament stories about King Saul and King David.
The Wonder Project, founded by Jon Erwin, aims to produce “stories that restore faith in things worth believing in.” Erwin directed the recent film “The Jesus Revolution” and the 2018 film “I Can Only Imagine,” about the life of MercyMe artist Bart Millard.
Dallas Jenkins, the creator of the popular Christian show about the life of Jesus called “The Chosen,” is a shareholder and special adviser of The Wonder Project. The Wonder Project’s Chief Executive Officer is former Youtube Vice President of Content Partnerships Kelly Merryman Hoogstraten.
“When we met with Jon, Kelly and Dallas, their clear and passionate vision for The Wonder Project and their ambition to nurture universal stories of love, triumph and spirituality moved us,” Amazon MGM Studios’ head of TV Vernon Sanders said, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“We are very excited about the scope, scale and storytelling involved with House of David and look forward to sharing this epic and many others with our global Prime Video customers,” Sanders added.
“Our goal at The Wonder Project is to tell stories that restore faith in things worth believing in, and to do this at scale,” Merryman Hoogstraten said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “We’ve been blown away by Amazon’s commitment to help us do this — both through the significant resources they are dedicating and their trust in us to tell these stories authentically to our audience.
Amazon’s description of the upcoming show “House of David,” according to the Hollywood Reporter, reads:
House of David will follow the once-mighty King Saul as he falls victim to his own pride. A prophet prepares to overthrow him — anointing the outcast shepherd boy David as a second king. As Saul’s fury grows, David navigates love, violence and politics in the court of the very man he’s destined to replace. Two kings. One Kingdom. The outcome is war.