Mel Gibson is about to make a sequel to his biggest ever hit.
The actor and filmmaker will return to his biblical blockbuster The Passion Of The Christ for a follow-up movie about the resurrection of Jesus.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace is the brains behind the film – and he believes Gibson is getting serious about making it.
“I always wanted to tell this story,” Wallace explained. “The Passion is the beginning and there’s a lot more story to tell.”
“The Passion is the beginning and there’s a lot more story to tell.”
Gibson’s original film was released back in 2004 and took in a staggering $612 million at the worldwide box office from a budget of $30 million. It’s little surprise that the film industry wants to go back to this particular story.
The film also bagged three Academy Awards – all this despite taking a pummelling from critics at the time of release.
Wallace added: “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.”
Movie bigwigs may want to tread carefully before leaping into The Passion 2 feet first. Back in February the movie Risen – telling the resurrection story from the point of view of a Roman Tribune – only pulled in $46 million at the box office.
This won’t be the first time we’ll have seen a sequel to Passion Of The Christ. A 2005 episode of Family Guy saw ‘Gibson’ direct The Passion of the Christ 2: Crucify This, featuring Jesus and Chris Tucker on a rampage against gangsters.
Don’t remember it? Revisit the classic Family Guy clip below: