Monday, 13 June 2016

The Passion Of The Christ Will Be Resurrected With A Sequel

Oscar nominated screenwriter Randall Wallace has confirmed plans for a sequel to 2004’s The Passion Of The Christ. Directed by Academy Award winner Mel Gibson, and co-written by Gibson and Benedict Fitzgerald, The Passion Of The Christ is a brutal, graphic depiction of the final 12 hours of the life of Jesus Of Nazareth adapted from the Bible and other devotional writings. While hugely controversial, the film was a giant commercial success and in that respect, it could be argued that a sequel was as inevitable as they always are in Hollywood.

Regularly collaborating with Mel Gibson, Randall Wallace has been helping to promote the upcoming Hacksaw Ridge which he co-wrote with Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight, and which Gibson has directed. In doing so, he discussed the sequel to The Passion Of The Christ confirming that he is writing the screenplay, and that it will centre upon the resurrection.

He said “I always wanted to tell this story. 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’s too early to talk money. This is such a huge and sacred subject”.

While the involvement of Mel Gibson is not confirmed, the circumstances under which this project has come to light would suggest the filmmaker has some part to play in its production – whether that is as director, or in some other capacity, remains to be seen. The idea of a sequel to his 2004 hit film raises some issues, however.

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