It was the sequel you could see coming from a mile away. After all, franchises and familiar characters are always a sexy proposition in the 2010s.
Mel Gibson‘s ultra controversial/ultra popular film The Passion of the Christ is going to have a follow-up. Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that he and Gibson are prepping a sequel to Passion that will focus on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. (If you’re waiting for a zany 50 Shades crossover, you likely won’t be getting it from these dudes.) THR notes that they reached out to Gibson’s camp for confirmation of this biblical would-be blockbuster, but his rep declined to comment.
“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,” shared Wallace.
According to Wallace, the project is still in the early script stage. No studio or financial support has been locked in just yet, but there are apparently “several” financiers that would be into investing in this project. Wallace was a bit reluctant to talk about the finance side of things when it comes to Passion II.
“It’s too early to talk money,” offered the Heaven is for Real director. “This is such a huge and sacred subject.”
Elsewhere in the world of Gibson/Wallace team-ups, Gibson is the director and Wallace is a co-writer of the upcoming World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge starring Andrew Garfield and Vince Vaughn. You can expect Hacksaw Ridge in theaters on November 4.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)