Mel Gibson may be on a comeback path of sorts.
THR is reporting that Gibson is to direct a World War II drama titled Hacksaw Ridge, which will tell the true story of Medal of Honor recipient Private First Class Desmond T. Doss. A true war hero, Doss saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa by evacuating the wounded near enemy lines. What makes the story truly incredible isn’t the fact that a grenade wound and a sniper shot failed to stop him, it’s that Doss refused to carry a weapon throughout the war because of his religious beliefs.
If the deal goes through, Andrew Garfield is said to be the man to take on the lead role.
The film has taken quite a while to come to life. It was originally in development at Disney, which had Randall Wallace (director of the Gibson-starring war film We Were Soldiers) set to direct.
We’re excited at the prospect of seeing Gibson behind the camera again. Though he has only been at the helm of four films in his career, The Man Without a Face, Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ, and Apocalypto, they were all impressive features.
Garfield’s dramatic career is certainly gathering stronger entries, with his latest film, 99 Homes, earning him rave early reviews.