Actor, producer, and director Mel Gibson is reportedly working with writer Randall Wallace in the rumored sequel to the 2004 religious drama “The Passion of Christ,” which will now shift its focus to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Gibson-Wallace tandem has been confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter and that the film is now in the writing stage. Wallace noted that the resurrection story is one thing that he wanted to tell through the big screen, having studied religion at Duke University. IGN reported that Wallace sees the first film as a gateway to many stories that could be told about Jesus Christ.
“The Passion is the beginning and there’s a lot more story to tell. 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,” Wallace said.
Wallace added that they are still in the script stage and that they have yet to get a financial supporter to back the project that he considers “huge and sacred.”
Though Sony has released a similar story line back in February entitled “Risen,” Wallace stated that their film will be unique and added that Gibson was in no way involved in that film. A representative of Gibson refused to comment on the project, but Wallace noted that it was Gibson himself who got serious about making the sequel.
Gibson’s The Passion was a highly acclaimed film version of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion that was based on the New Testament. The Passion showed how the apostle Judas expedites the downfall of Jesus (Jim Caviezel) by handing him over to the Roman Empire’s handpicked officials. To the horror of his mother, Mary (Maia Morgenstern), Magdalen (Monica Bellucci), whom he saved from damnation, and his disciples, Jesus is condemned to death. He is tortured as he drags a crucifix to nearby Calvary, where he is nailed to the cross. He dies, but not before the last act of grace.
On the other hand, Wallace was nominated for an Academy Award for scripting Gibson’s 1995 best picture Oscar winner “Braveheart.” Wallace also directed and co-wrote the 2014 faith-based drama “Heaven Is for Real.”
The most recent film directed by Gibson entitled “Hacksaw Ridge” is co-written by Wallace and hits theaters this November. The film tells the story of a World War II Army medic Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Wallace is hoping that when the script for The Passion sequel is finished they would be able to proceed with the filming with Gibson directing, though there is no confirmation yet if Jim Caviezel will reprise his role in the faith-based film.
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