Mel Gibson Has Plans For A ‘Passion of the Christ’ Sequel
Mel Gibson has reunited with Braveheart writer Randall Wallace to work on a sequel to the 2004 film The Passion of the Christ, according to reports on Thursday.
Mel Gibson Plans A ‘Passion of the Christ’ Sequel
The sequel will detail the story of Jesus’ resurrection following the crucifixion highlighted in Passion of the Christ.
The original film, which stars Jim Caviezel as Jesus, Maia Morgenstern as Mary and Monica Bellucci as Mary Magdalene, did well in the box office, grossing more than $611 million globally. It was scripted by Benedict Fitzgerald and Gibson himself.
Wallace confirmed rumors that he has begun to write a script for a story about the resurrection, telling The Hollywood Reporter that the project is becoming too difficult to keep under wraps.
Wallace revealed that he and Gibson began to get serious about a sequel to The Passion, while working on Hacksaw Ridge, which Gibson directed and Wallace co-wrote. Hacksaw Ridge opens in November and centers on World War II Army medic Desmond Doss.
Speculation on a sequel began last month, when Gibson was a surprise guest at Liberty University’s graduation ceremony to do an advance screening of Hacksaw Ridge and was asked about a Passion sequel. The actor reportedly expressed interest in making a sequel but was not specific about his involvement.
Wallace admitted that demand in the Christian community influenced his and Gibson’s willingness to do another 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,” Wallace said.
No studio or financial backing has been set for the film, which is still in the early script stage.
A rep for Gibson declined to comment on his involvement in a Passion sequel.
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