june 11, 2016
Mel Gibson will try to resurrect his career in a sequel to the holy grail of biblical stories.
The actor — and Jesus Christ — will make their comeback to the big screen as Gibson is reportedly working on a sequel to blockbuster "The Passion of the Christ," The Hollywood Reporter said Thursday.
"Braveheart" screenwriter Randall Wallace will reunite with the 60-year-old on the follow-up. Wallace confirmed the film will focus on the resurrection of Jesus.
"I always wanted to tell this story," Wallace, an Oscar winning writer and faith-based filmmaker, said.
"The Passion is the beginning and there's a lot more story to tell," he added.
The second installment is still in the early script stages and has not yet determined financial backing.
"It's too early to talk money," Wallace explained.
He added that many have been pushing, and expecting, a sequel to be made.
"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," he added.
Fans have waited over a decade for a sequel.
The Gibson-directed 2004 story on the crucifixion of Jesus far surpassed its $30 million budget, raking in a whopping $612 million worldwide.
Rumors swirled "The Patriot" star would return to the massively successful film after he expressed interest in a second movie last month.
A rep for Gibson declined to comment on the filmmaker-actor's involvement in a Passion sequel.