Mel Gibon's next movie?

I find this hard to believe.  But two high- profile Catholics with troubled pasts — Mel Gibson and Joe Eszterhas — are reportedly teaming up on a biblical epic.


Warner Bros has set up an untitled drama that teams Gibson and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas on the telling of the heroic story of Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee. Eszterhas will write the script, and I understand that Gibson will collaborate with him. Maccabee teamed with his father and four brothers to lead the Jewish revolt against the Greek-Syrian armies that had conquered Judea in the second century B.C. Gibson has the first option to direct but will definitely produce the film through his Icon Productions banner. It’s understandable why Warner Bros would want to be back in business with Gibson, who was once a high-profile fixture there and who made a fortune for that studio with the Lethal Weapon series and other films.

Gibson, of course, made that little movie about Jesus, and Eszterhas wrote a well-received book about his return to the Catholic Church.  This could be interesting.

But call me Doubting Thomas.  I’ll believe it when I see it.

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4 responses to “Mel Gibon's next movie?”

  1. I don’t think Hollywood studios have a problem with most projects, unless they touch on a Christian theme like the life of Jesus or present Christianity or the Catholic Church in a positive light. If Christianity is presented negatively like in countless movies then its OK. This was not always the case in Hollywood, but since the 70’s the policy has been, it seems, to treat matters of Christian faith specially Catholicism from a perspective of doubt, disrespect and cynicism.

  2. 2 Mac 7 seems like a Mel Gibson kind of scene.

    I used to root for Mr Gibson: he was a talented actor and underrated; more than capable of bringing some very good chops to acting and directing. He indulges his inner demons somewhat too much for my taste, and it has vanquished his craft.

  3. Mel is being Mel so this will either draw lots of folks or won’t. Movies are always a gamble. Will have to wait to see if it will actually get done—as some movies take years to cast, and make.

  4. Seems like some of the forgiveness and love are missing from this post for Mel.

    I think he was talking about this project right after The Passion of The Christ. Maybe if he had stayed on that path, things would have been better. The Passion was awesome so hopefully this will be as accurate as well.

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