Mel Gibson looks to be on a resurgence of sorts.
The actor and filmmaker has a well-received leading role in the thriller Blood Father and has his next directorial effort, Hacksaw Ridge, in line for release later this year. On top of that, it looks like a sequel to his hugely successful 2004 feature The Passion of the Christ could be on the horizon.
Braveheart screenwriter and We Were Soldiers director Randall Wallace revealed back in June that a sequel focusing on the resurrection of Jesus Christ was being considered, a development Gibson himself has now confirmed.
“We’re talking about that. Of course, that is a huge undertaking,” Gibson said in an interview with Pastor Greg Laurie, on stage at SoCal Harvest Crusade 2016 in Anaheim, California.
“And you know, it’s not the Passion 2. It’s called The Resurrection. Of course, that’s a very big subject and it needs to be looked at because we don’t want to just do a simple rendering of it — you know, read what happened. But in order to read it, experience and explore probably deeper meanings of what it’s about, it’s going to take some doing and Randall Wallace is up to the task.”
The Passion of the Christ raked in $US611.8 million (on a budget of $US30 million), an outstanding result that was fuelled by a massive faith-based crowd and the controversy that circled around the film’s release; the film was, and still remains, a very violent picture.
It remains to be seen if Gibson and Wallace end up receiving the necessary backing needed to tackle the picture, although considering the return the first film made, we don’t see much reason why this wouldn’t go ahead. Also to be confirmed is whether Jim Caviezel will return in the lead role.
Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge arrives in Australia on November 3 and hits the U.S. on November 4.
Source: Christian Post