Announcing “JESUS”: A New Animated Film, Releasing 2026

Animate image of Jesus and a child

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We are thrilled to announce our newest cinematic undertaking: JESUS (2026) — a new, animated family film about the life of Jesus.

This animated film, slated to release Christmas 2026, will be designed to reach families, new generations, and people of all ages with the story of Jesus. The film will be anchored in the Christian Gospels. It will re-imagine the original JESUS film, using much of its dialogue but in a refreshed script. This means that this new animated film will eventually be available in 2,000+ heart languages! 

JESUS (2026) builds on the global impact of the original JESUS film, and more than 40 years of Bible translation work, language production, and strong relationships with ministry partners who have journeyed with us. Over the years, we have worked with our partners to design resources that break language and literacy barriers so anyone can experience the story of Jesus—no matter where they are in the world. We’ll continue to do so together with JESUS (2026).

Our production partner on the film is the animation studio Premise Entertainment. This team is comprised of world renowned biblical scholars and archaeologists, alongside gifted and experienced digital artists whose credits include Pixar, Disney and Star Wars films. These creators are utilizing ground-breaking digital innovations to deliver a film which can be viewed across various platforms, including virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and the Metaverse.

A global theatrical release is anticipated in December, 2026. The film will also be available on digital platforms.

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Since our founding, Jesus Film Project® has been on a mission to help people around the world know Jesus. We’ve placed our sights on reaching everyone, everywhere, with a special focus on the areas of the world that have the least access to the gospel. And as the world changes, we’ll continue to innovate, adapt, and use new technologies to reach the world with the story of Jesus.