If ever a story needed a sequel, Mel Gibson’s ultimate superhero deserves a second coming. Gibson revealed on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show that the title of The Passion of the Christ film will be called The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection in February 2016.
Jim Caviezel, who starred as the Christ in Gibson’s original film, agrees. Caviezel will resurrect the role in the sequel.
“There are things that I cannot say that will shock the audience,” Caviezel told USA Today. “It’s great. Stay tuned.”
Caviezel and Gibson have been loath to lift the shroud on details of the upcoming film. But the lamb of god sees no reason for false humility.
“I won’t tell you how he’s going to go about it,” Caviezel told USA Today. “But I’ll tell you this much, the film he’s going to do is going to be the biggest film in history. It’s that good.”
You’d think he was remaking The Greatest Story Ever Told, but the 2004 The Passion of the Christ was the highest-grossing R-rated film North American history, earning $370.8 million on a $30 million budget. It made $611 million worldwide.
“It’s not just some chronological telling of just that event. That could be boring, and you think, ‘Oh, we read that,’ ” Gibson told Colbert. “But what are the other things around it that happened?”
Though nothing has been nailed down, Gibson is working with Randall Wallace, who wrote the screenplay for Braveheart. But production has not yet begun.
“It’s probably about three years off, because it’s a big subject,” Gibson told Colbert.
The story won’t be just about rolling away the stone.
“It’s more than a single event, it’s an amazing event,” Gibson said. “And to underpin that with the things around it is really the story, to enlighten what that means. It’s not just about the event; it’s not just some chronological telling of just that event. That could be boring, and you think, ‘Oh, we read that.’… But what are the other things around it that happened?”
The story, while set in Jerusalem, will stray far from Biblical geography.
The villains in the film “are in another realm,” Gibson explained. “Sure, you’re going all over the place. What happened in three days?… I’m not sure, but it’s worth thinking about. Get your imagination going.”
The sequel to The Passion of the Christ would follow the story of the resurrection of Jesus.
“I always wanted to tell this story,”screenwriter Randall Wallace told The Hollywood Reporter. “The Passion is the beginning and there’s a lot more story to tell.”
Wallace and Gibson, who collaborated on the Oscar-winning film Braveheart, are currently working on the upcoming World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge, which stars Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. Hacksaw Ridge will open in November.
The screenwriter says that Gibson will treat the resurrection the same hard hitting way he did with The Passion of the Christ.
The Passion of the Christ, which starred Jim Caviezel as Jesus, opened to mixed reviews but earned $611 million worldwide on a $30 million budget. The Passion of the Christ, which was released in 2004 by Newmarket is acknowledged as the most successful independent film of all time.
Screenwriter Wallace majored in religion at Duke University. He directed and co-wrote Heaven is For Real in 2014, an adaptation of Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent’s best-selling book Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back. Wallace also wrote screenplays for Pearl Harbor and We Were Soldiers.
Gibson directed Apocalypto in 2006. He last starred in the thriller Blood Father.