Report: Mel Gibson Working on The Passion‘s Sequel, Which Will Focus on Christ’s Resurrection

Gibson and Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace are said to be teaming up for the new project.

By Nancy Flory Published on June 10, 2016

A sequel to The Passion of the Christ is in the works.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Mel Gibson and Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace are teaming on a follow-up film to the 2004 Oscar-nominated biblical drama, which depicted the agonizing final 12 hours of Jesus’s trial and crucifixion. The new film will focus on Christ’s resurrection. “I always wanted to tell this story,” Wallace told THR, “The Passion is the beginning and there’s a lot more story to tell.”

Wallace, who also wrote and directed 2014’s Heaven Is for Real and was a religion major at Duke University said he and Gibson began planning the sequel when the two were working on Hacksaw Ridge, a movie that will be released in November.

Demand for a follow-up movie from the Christian community, including the evangelical community, also helped persuade Wallace and Gibson to tackle a Passion sequel.“The evangelical community considers The Passion the biggest movie ever out of Hollywood,” Wallace said. “They kept telling us that they think a sequel will be even bigger.” The blockbuster earned $612 million worldwide on a $30 million budget.

Financial backers have shown interest, but that’s not the most important part of making the movie for Wallace. “It’s too early to talk money,” he said. “This is such a huge and sacred subject.”

Gibson has not yet confirmed his involvement. However, the actor and Oscar-winning director raised speculation about a Passion sequel last month when he expressed interest in a follow-up during a surprise appearance at Liberty University’s graduation ceremony.

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