Writer-director Randall Wallace is once again teaming with Mel Gibson (following Braveheart, We Were Soldiers and Hacksaw Ridge) – this time to write a follow-up to The Passion Of The Christ. Wallace told The Hollywood Reporter that the new movie will follow on from the events of Gibson’s 2004 epic and tell the story of the Resurrection.
Here’s what he had to say:
“I always wanted to tell this story,” he says. “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.”
It’ll be curious to see if this will be a direct continuation of The Passion, or if Gibson will craft a different take on the events, recasting the roles from the 2004.
Gibson’s Passion is a powerful piece of cinema, a bold and divisive film which charts the crucifixion of Jesus Christ (read what Movies In Focus has to say about it here). Nobody in Hollywood wanted to make the movie and Gibson stumped up $30 million of his own cash to produce the movie – it went on to gross $612 million worldwide.
Religious films have become very popular (and successful) following The Passion of the Christ, so I doubt that it’ll be difficult to fund this follow-up feature.
Mel Gibson’s next film as director is WWII drama, Hacksaw Ridge – it opens later this year. He’ll next be seen on screen in the revenge actioner, Blood Father.