Nearly 20 years after The Passion of the Christ was released, the film’s original director, Mel Gibson, is about to begin work on its sequel. The Passion of the Christ 2, which is also called The Resurrection, does not yet have a cinematic release date, but shooting will begin in the “next few months.”
The new report, which comes from Newsmax, claims that Gibson will return to the director’s chair in the coming months to continue the story of the Catholic messiah, Jesus Christ.
Gibson had already been open about wanting to direct a sequel to the 2004 film, but this is the first production breakthrough on the film in more than a decade.
In 2016, he confirmed that he had “started work” on the sequel. He said: “Of course, that’s a big undertaking, and you know, it’s not Passion 2. It’s called The Resurrection. Of course, that’s a very broad topic and it needs to be looked at because we don’t want to just make a simple representation of it, You know, read what happened.”
He added: “But to read it, to experience it and to explore probably deeper meanings of what it’s about, it’s going to take some time and Randall Wallace is up to the task. He’s also, as well as a brilliant writer, he’s a great director He directed We Were Soldiers and Heaven Is For Real and stuff. So, he’s a good writer and director.”
The Biblical journey wouldn’t be complete without its main character, and reports add that Jim Caviezel will return to the role of Jesus in the sequel.
It’s surprising that Caviezel would return to the role, considering he went through a lot of hardships during the filming of the first Passion of the Christ movie. In addition to being literally struck by lightning during filming, he endured physical pain and bloodshed during some important scenes.
He once revealed: “As I was falling, the cross… actually hit my head and buried my head in the sand. And I bit my tongue.”
The American actor added that some scenes in the final film were supplemented with his royal blood. “On the tape,” he remembered. “You’ll see spurts of blood coming down from my lip. That’s actually my own blood.”
Randall Wallace has also spoken about his desire to write a follow-up film to The Passion of the Christ.
He told The Hollywood Reporter: “I’ve always wanted to tell this story. Passion is the beginning, and there are so many more stories to tell.”
The American screenwriter pointed out that his fans believe that the sequel will be “even bigger” than The Passion of the Christ.
He explained: “The evangelical community considers The Passion to be the biggest movie to ever come out of Hollywood, and they were telling us that they think a sequel will be even bigger.”
When The Passion of the Christ was released in theaters, it quickly became one of the highest-grossing R-rated movies of all time.
After raking in a scant $30 million, it earned a whopping $612 million at the box office.
The Passion of the Christ is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video now.
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