october 30, 2015
After years of making headlines for the wrong reasons and trying to avoid publicity, Mel Gibson might just be back in fashion as a filmmaker.
Gibson is generating plenty of respect and goodwill on the Sydney set of the WW II drama Hacksaw Ridge, his first shot at directing since Apocalypto in 2006.
Summit pre-bought the U.S. rights to the independently financed film, which tells the true story of conscientious objector Desmond Doss, an Army medic who won the Congressional Medal of Honor after saving dozens of soldiers during the bloody Battle of Okinawa.
Gibson has assembled a stellar cast including The Amazing Spider-Man’s Andrew Garfield as Doss, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Rachel Griffiths, Richard Roxburgh, Teresa Palmer, Ryan Corr, Luke Bracey and Mel’s son Milo, 25, in his first screen role.
The international sales agent, London-based IM Global, has drip-fed a series of casting announcements to U.S. media, most recently Hugo Weaving as Doss’s father Tom, and trumpeted deals with a raft of major territories including China’s YouZoo.
Cast and crew signed non-disclosure agreements but several privately have expressed nothing but admiration for Gibson.
“He is an actor’s director; he loves working with actors because he is one of them,” says a colleague who has known him for decades.