Mel Gibson's Sequel To The Passion Of The Christ
|The Passion of the Christ (2004)|
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” -Isaiah 53:5, KJV
… And he has risen!
Yes, once again, Mel Gibson will revivify Jesus to Hollywood. This time to tell the story of his resurrection. Gibson and his Braveheart (1995) screenwriter Randall Wallace are teaming up to tell the story of the resurrection of Christ as a sequel to Gibson’s Passion of the Christ (2004). Wallace was nominated for his screenplay to Gibson’s directed Braveheart that took home the Oscar that year.
Keeping the story under wraps for awhile as so much speculation was surrounding the project, Wallace couldn’t bury the secret from the press any more and confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter Thursday. Questions arose at a pre-screening of Wallace and Gibson’s upcoming project to release this November, Hacksaw Ridge. A WWII drama that Gibson directed and Wallace wrote about the first Army medic, having objected to serving in the armed forces for reasons of conscious, being awarded the congressional medal of honor. During the Q&A Gibson was asked about a follow up to Passion but wasn’t specify about his particular involvement.
Wallace stated thatThe Passion of the Christ is considered the biggest movie ever from Hollywood to the evangelical community and along with Gibson, the two keep getting asked to do a sequel with the resurrection assumed to be even bigger. The resurrection being a story Wallace has wanted to tell since his days of studying religion at Duke University as it is the center and focal point of Christianity.
Passion went on to earn a gargantuan $612 million worldwide on a $30 million dollar budget that Gibson got to receive practically every penny he profited with as the amazing turn out was unexpected. It is considered the most successful independent film of all time. So the expectations are high for its sequel as the material is sensitive, looking at all the controversy surrounding Darren Aronofsky’s biblical tale of Noah (2014).
The script is in the early stages and the duo has yet to find the proper financing. But with the growing interest from the Christian community that basically ordered the creation of this project, it’s only a matter of time before we’re witnessing a monumental religious story on the silver screen.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter