It has just been revealed that the Hollywood star Mel Gibson is making a sequel to the controversial 2004 movie The Passion of the Christ, and filming is set to begin this spring!
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Passion Of The Christ Sequel
Daily Mail reported that the sequel to The Passion of the Christ is set to “begin filming in the next few months.” Jim Caviezel will be reprising his role of Jesus Christ, and Gibson will serve as the director on the project.
“Gibson has been hard at work on the screenplay with Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace,” said veteran film journalist Jordan Ruimy, according to CBN News. “There have already been six drafts. ‘Resurrection’ would focus on the twenty-four hours encompassing Jesus’ passion and the events that occurred three days between his crucifixion and resurrection.”
The Passion of the Christ is the highest grossing R-rated movie in the history of the U.S. box office, making $612 million worldwide on a budget of $30 million.
Though it was a huge financial success, the film was hit with various negative reviews, with some claiming it was too violent and others saying that it deviated too much from the legendary biblical story that it is based on. There were some critics who even claimed that the film was anti-semitic.
Check out a trailer for the original Passion Of The Christ in the video below.
‘There’s A Lot More Story To Tell’
While some critics did not like the film, there are many Christians who will be ecstatic that a sequel to it is being 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,” the Oscar-nominated screenwriter Wallace told The Hollywood Reporter back in 2016.
“I always wanted to tell this story,” he continued. “‘The Passion’ is the beginning, and there’s a lot more story to tell.”
Newsmax reported that Wallace will be returning as screenwriter for the sequel, which will “focus on the 24 hours encompassing Jesus’ passion and the events that occurred three days between his crucifixion and resurrection.”
Gibson Took His Time With Sequel
Gibson said in 2016 that he wanted to take his time with the sequel to make sure that he got it right.
“We’re talking about that,” he told CP Entertainment at the time. “Of course, that is a huge undertaking. And you know, it’s not ‘The Passion 2.’ It’s called ‘The Resurrection.’ Of course, that’s a very big subject, and it needs to be looked at because we don’t want to just do a simple rendering of it — you know, read what happened.”
“But in order to read it, experience, and explore probably deeper meanings of what it’s about, it’s going to take some doing, and Randall Wallace is up to the task,” Gibson continued.
Gibson has gone through many life changes since the original film, most notably becoming sober through Alcoholics Anonymous. He has been open about how he leaned on his faith to get ten years of sobriety under his belt.
“They call it the spiritual path for the psychopath,” he once said. “They say there’s only three options: you go insane, you die or you quit. That’s the harsh reality. I’m an old hand at that.”
Since filming for The Passion Of The Christ hasn’t officially started yet, it’s likely that the movie will not be coming out for quite some time. Even so, it’s exciting to hear that it is in the works, and we can’t wait to see it when it’s released!