Mel Gibson Planning the Sequel to "The Passion of the Christ"

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Actor and producer Mel Gibson, is currently working on a sequel to the biggest independent film of all time, The Passion of the Christ. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Academy Award nominee and scriptwriter Randall Wallace confirmed on Thursday, June 9, that he and Gibson are currently working on a storyline about Jesus' resurrection which would be the sequel for "The Passion of the Christ."

The Passion of the Christ (sometimes referred to as The Passion) is a 2004 American epic drama directed by Mel Gibson and starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ.It earned $83,848,082 in its opening weekend, ranking it fourth overall in domestic opening weekend earnings for 2004. It went on to earn $370,782,930 overall in the United States, and remains the highest grossing R-rated film in United States history. The film sold an estimated 59,625,500 tickets in the US in its initial theatrical run. 

Although they are still in the early stages of script writing, Wallace admits that several financers have already expressed interest in investing in the project. Considered as the most successful independent film to date, the 2004 movie with a $30 million production budget has earned $612 million.

"It's too early to talk money," said Wallace, adding, "This is such a huge and sacred subject."

Wallace revealed that he and Gibson were only convinced to take on the project after the growing demand by Christians. "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," he explained.

The Passion of the Christ primarily covers the final 12 hours of Jesus' life, beginning with the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, the insomnia and grievance of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and ending with a brief depiction of his resurrection. Flashbacks of Jesus as a child and as a young man with Mary his mother, giving the Sermon on the Mount, teaching the Twelve Apostles, and at the Last Supper are some of the most notable images depicted. The film was shot in Italy, and the dialogue is entirely in reconstructed Aramaic, vernacularHebrew and Latin with subtitle.



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