Back in June, word first broke that Mel Gibson was teaming up with Randall Wallace to create a follow-up to his hit 2004 film, The Passion of The Christ, focusing on the resurrection of Jesus. Speaking with evangelist Greg Laurie at the SoCal Harvest, the topic of the film was brought up and Gibson spoke about how they’re approaching the material.
“We’re talking about that. Of course, that is a huge undertaking. And you know, 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. I mean, we can all read what happened, but in order to really experience and explore probably deeper meanings of what it’s about is going to take some doing, and Randall Wallace is up to the task.”
The original The Passion of The Christ, which stars Jim Caviezel as Jesus, Maia Morgenstern as Mary and Monica Bellucci as Mary Magdalene, was a sizable box office hit, pulling in more than $611 million globally. It was scripted by Benedict Fitzgerald alongside Gibson.
Gibson’s next directorial effort is the war film Hacksaw Ridge, starring Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths and Vince Vaughn and tells the story of Corporal Demond Doss (Garfield), the first conscientious objector to receive the US congressional Medal of Honor. Drafted into World War II at age 23, Doss was raised a Seventh-day Adventist, he refused to kill or carry a weapon and, as such, became stationed as a medic. President Harry S. Truman presented Doss with his commendation on November 1, 1945, citing numerous acts of bravery and sacrifice performed by Doss in the line of duty.
Look for Hacksaw Ridge to hit theaters November 4, 2016 and check back for updates on The Resurrection as they become available.