It's been a good decade since Mel Gibson has released a film he's directed. The last one he put out in theaters was 2006's APOCALYPTO, and after that movie came the great scandal that effectively pushed him out of the spotlight for a good while. Gibson worked as an actor on a handful of films since then, but it isn't until recently that he's started to really head back into the industry. His latest directorial feature, HACKSAW RIDGE is getting a release from Lionsgate later this year, but it sounds like Gibson may be heading back to the director's chair sooner rather than later following that film's release.
According to THR, Gibson and BRAVEHEART writer Randall Wallace are working on a sequel to his 2004 film, THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, which will chronicle Jesus' resurrection.
"I always wanted to tell this story," Wallace told THR. "THE PASSION is the beginning and there's a lot more story to tell."
It's no surprise that the faith-based community responded to the idea of a sequel positively, and according to THR, that community was instrumental in getting Gibson interested in taking the project on.
The evangelical community considers THE PASSION the biggest movie ever out of Hollywood, and they kept telling us that they think a sequel will be even bigger."
As of this writing, they no studio backer, but that's likely to fall in line as soon as the script is finished. However, given the recent success of faith-based films (including Wallace's own HEAVEN IS FOR REAL), this one certainly seems like a shoo-in, and so long as both Gibson and Wallace stay attached to the film, there's no reason to think the movie won't turn out great.
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