Mel Gibson is developing a sequel to “The Passion Of The Christ” with “Braveheart” screenwriter Randall Wallace.
The film is based on Jesus’ resurrection. Wallace and Gibson recently collaborated in the World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge”. Andrew Garfield starred as a central character in the film. Wallace majored in religion in Duke University, received a 1995 Oscar nomination for “Braveheart”. Wallace is also the screenwriter for the famous films “Pearl Harbor” and “We Were Soldiers.”
Recently, Wallace directed and co-wrote “Heaven is For Real” (2014). The film was adopted from the best selling book, “Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back” by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent.
Jim Caviezel starred as Jesus Christ in “The Passion”. The film directed by Mel Gibson, depicted the last 12 hours of Christ’s journey before crucifixion. The film received three Oscar nomination and grossed over $600 million during its theatrical release, which is an all-time record gross for a religious film.
Wallace pointed out that no distribution or financing is at place for the film yet.
“It’s too early to talk money, This is such a huge and sacred subject.” The “Braveheart” screenwriter also revealed that the high demand in the Christian community triggered the decision to make the film.
“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,”he said.
“The Passion of the Christ” is a new addition to the Christian film genre, which has seen a number of sequels in the last decade. Significant among them are “Livin’ It,” “Left Behind,” “The Moment After,” and “God’s Not Dead”.
Gibson’s upcoming thriller is “Blood Father”. He last directed “Apocalypto” in 2006, as reported by IndeWire.
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