Mel Gibson Discusses Possible Passion Sequel The Resurrection at Greg Laurie’s SoCal Harvest

By Austin Roscoe Published on August 31, 2016

Famed actor and filmmaker Mel Gibson confirmed Sunday, during an unannounced appearance at Greg Laurie’s SoCal Harvest event in Anaheim, California, that he is contemplating a sequel to his 2004 blockbuster The Passion of the Christ.

After briefly speaking about why Gibson made The Passion, the top grossing rated-R movie of all time, Laurie asked Gibson about the possibility of producing a sequel to the film.

Rumors of a sequel have been floating around since The Passion first came out, but were confirmed this past July when Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace “reluctantly” told The Hollywood Reporter that he had begun writing the script.

Gibson was more reserved in discussing the film this past weekend, telling Laurie that he and Wallace are “talking about” doing a follow up — though he later said “It’s not The Passion 2 — I mean, it’s called ‘The Resurrection.'” It’s not clear whether Gibson was referring to the film’s name, or the actual event itself.

Gibson then shared some of his thoughts on creating such a film:

Of course, that’s a very big subject and it needs to be looked at, because we don’t want to just do a simple rendering of it. I mean we can all read what happened, but in order to really experience and explore, probably, deeper meanings of what it’s about is going to take some doing — and Randall Wallace is up to the task.

The two also discussed Gibson’s newest directing effort, Hacksaw Ridge. Set to debut in early November, the film follows the story of Desmond Doss — who became the first conscientious objector to be presented with the Medal of Honor, after saving the lives of approximately 75 soldiers in the Battle of Okinawa.

Asked about what motivates him to make films with a faith message, Gibson replied:

Well, faith is a real thing. And I think that oft times — well, I made the ultimate superhero film in The Passion of the Christ. And, someone like Desmond Doss, is also a superhero. And real superheros don’t wear spandex — and they don’t have a lot of 3D special effects — but they do operate on a higher level, on a supernatural level. They actually look and appeal to something greater than themselves, and then they do something superhuman.

Watch the full interview:

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