Mel Gibson to bring Jesus back from the dead… in The Passion Of The Christ 2

Prepare for another resurrection.

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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:

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn

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