When The Passion Of The Christ came out in 2004, it was a phenomenon. Everyone was talking about it. Whether it was the visceral storytelling, some of the more controversial decisions director Mel Gibson made, or Gibson's own unraveling personal life, you couldn't escape it. The $30 million movie made a stunning $612 million worldwide.
Recently, writer Randall Wallace let the cat out of the bag that work had begun on a sequel. Titled The Resurrection, the film would seemingly center on the return of Christ who- SPOILER ALERT- died at the end of the last film. Aside from Wallace's revelation, director Gibson has been relatively mum on the project. Until now.
In a chat with fans at the SoCal Harvest evangelical event over the weekend, Gibson opened up a bit about the challenges of making the sequel- which he describes as a "huge undertaking." Gibson says, "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." He continued, on the scope of what he wants to do, "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.”
Gibson also spoke effusively about Wallace, who wasn't involved with The Passion Of The Christ, but who has a long history of collaborating with him- which dates back to 1995's Braveheart. “He is also, as well as a brilliant writer, he is a great director. He directed ‘We Were Soldiers‘ and ‘Heaven Is For Real‘ and stuff. So, he is a good writer and director."
You can watch the video of Gibson's conversation at the SoCal Harvest here, and keep an eye on the former Lethal Weapon star, who seems to have developed dozens of new ticks and twitches.
So it sounds like they really want to do the story justice, and possibly find a unique vantage point from which to explore what has become a very familiar story. A huge undertaking, indeed.
Do you think The Resurrection will be every bit the success that The Passion Of The Christ was?