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Mel Gibson to follow up The Passion of the Christ with resurrection film

The Passion of the Christ

Story by Jack Foley

MEL Gibson is reportedly preparing a follow-up to his controversial but box office smashing The Passion of the Christ, which will focus on the resurrection.

According to screenwriter Randall Wallace in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he and Gibson are at work on a ‘sequel’, which will address Christ’s return.

The topic was a specialism of Wallace when he studied religion at Duke University.

Wallace continued: “I always wanted to tell this story. 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.”

As yet, the project is in the very early stages and there is no word on casting, or even whether Jim Caviezel might return in the title role.

But Gibson is also keen, having previously alluded to the project while promoting his latest film as director, Hacksaw Ridge, a biopic of a highly decorated medic, who was also a Christian conscientious objector, in the Second World War. That project is also a collaboration with Wallace, with whom Gibson has also worked on Braveheart and We Were Soldiers.

Wallace also wrote The Man in the Iron Mask, Pearl Harbor and 2014’s Heaven Is for Real, another faith-based film, which took $101m worldwide.

The Passion of the Christ made $612m worldwide and provoked furious debate among filmgoers and critics as to its authenticity and violence. Some labelled it a vile, hateful piece of cinema, capable of inspiring anti-Semitism, to a pertinent, and profoundly moving experience, which demonstrates the full extent of Christ’s suffering in excruciating detail.

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