At the SoCal Harvest, a Christian event in California, Mel Gibson made an appearance to confirm he is moving forward with a follow-up film to his 2004 religious epic, The Passion of the Christ.
In an interview with Pastor Greg Laurie, Gibson was asked about a sequel following confirmation earlier in the year from screenwriter Randall Wallace (Braveheart), who stated he was currently writing a sequel focused on the resurrection of Christ, something that the original film briefly touched upon in its closing moments. Gibson responded by stating that the project “is a huge undertaking, and you know, it’s not The Passion 2. It’s called The Resurrection.” Gibson also admitted his faith in Wallace’s ability to pen an interesting script on the matter, saying that “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. He is also, as well as a brilliant writer, he is a great director. He directed We Were Soldiers and Heaven is for Real and stuff. So, he is a good writer and director.”.
Mel Gibson and Randall Wallace have worked together in the past on Braveheart and We Were Soldiers, and are currently teaming up on Hacksaw Ridge, a film about a WWII army medic who refuses to kill, which is set for release in the US this November. The Resurrection is most likely to be Gibson’s next project, with nothing else announced and considering his commitment to the previous installment, which went on to make over $600 million worldwide and was nominated for three Academy Awards.