During a recent appearance on The Late Show, actor and director Mel Gibson revealed that he is, in fact, working on a sequel to “The Passion of the Christ” which he says will be called The Resurrection. There have been rumors for some time that a sequel is being made, but this is the first time Gibson has confirmed it.
Gibson talked about his plans to Steven Colbert…
“It’s not just about the event,” Gibson revealed. “It’s not just some kind of chronological telling of just that event. That could be boring. You’re thinking, ‘Well, we read that.’”
“But what are the other things around it that happen?” Gibson continued “They are [bad guys]. They’re in another realm … You’re going all over the place. What happened in three days?”
Gibson said this film will take at least three years to make because “it’s a big subject.”
Gibson first discussed making a sequel to The Passion during an August interview with evangelist Greg Laurie: “We’re talking about that. Of course, that is a huge undertaking,” the actor said of the upcoming film. “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…”
Gibson told Laurie that screenwriter Randall Wallace” is “up to the task” of writing the second film: “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.”
Wallace has previously been nominated for an Academy Award for scripting Gibson’s 1995 best picture Oscar winner Braveheart and co-wrote Gibson’s current film, Hacksaw Ridge.
The Passion of the Christ was released in 2004. It starred Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ and was a major commercial hit, earning $612 million worldwide on a $30 million production budget, making it the highest grossing religious film in history. The film also received three nominations at the 77th Academy Awards.