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From Death to Resurrection: Mel Gibson Reportedly at Work on ‘The Passion of the Christ’ Sequel

Mel Gibson is reportedly ready to begin filming a sequel to his 2004 hit The Passion of the Christ. Titled The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection, the new film would focus on the three days after the crucifixion, culminating on Easter Sunday, when Christ is believed to have risen from the dead.

According to published reports, Jim Caviezel will be returning in the role of Jesus Christ. Back in 2020, he told reporters that Gibson and scriptwriter Randall Wallace were then working on a third draft of the script, which the actor said was going to be “the biggest film in world history.” Randall Wallace is also known for his script for Braveheart, Gibson’s 1995 Mel Gibson historical epic about medieval Scotland.

At least three more drafts have been completed since then, with production scheduled to begin this spring, says the World of Reel.

When The Passion of the Christ was released in 2004, the film had grossed more than $600 million worldwide, though it cost only $30 million to create, making it one of the most successful indie films in history. It also garnered three Oscar nominations. The film was controversial because of its graphic depiction of the violence endured by the suffering Christ.

In a Breitbart News Daily interview, Caviezel, a devout Catholic, said that his personal faith had a lot to do with the film’s success, declaring that “that’s my skill—it was given to me by God. I didn’t give it to myself, but it’s something in which I have a great range.”
Caviezel continued, saying that his “faith was much bigger than the industry and Hollywood, and bigger than the Republican or Democratic Party or any of that.”

Little has been revealed about the Resurrection sequel, though Gibson had told Stephen Colbert in a 2016 interview where he was headed: “It’s not just some chronological telling of just that event. That could be boring, and you think, ‘Oh, we read that,'” he said. In Gibson’s view, the Resurrection is “more than a single event, it’s an amazing event. And to underpin that with the things around it is really the story, to enlighten what that means.”

In addition to Jim Caviezel reprising his role of Jesus in the new sequel, other actors will be returning: Maia Morgenstern as Mary, Christo Jivkov as John, and Francesco De Vito as Peter.

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Edward Moran
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Edward Moran began his journalistic career many decades ago as a theater and cinema reviewer for Show Business and the New York Theater Review. More recently he contributed film reviews to hosokinema.com and Movie Sleuth. His writings have appeared in publications as diverse as the Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, the Paris Review, and the Massachusetts Review. Moran also edited a memoir by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Christine Choy. He served as literary advisor to her film Hyam Plutzik: American Poet, which was the keynote film in the American Perspectives series at the 2007 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.


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