Newsbites: The Benedict Fitzgerald edition!

1. Benedict Fitzgerald may be making progress in his lawsuit against Mel Gibson. A judge has ordered Gibson to appear for a deposition by mid-January, to discuss how he spent his money while making The Passion of the Christ (2004). Fitzgerald, a screenwriter, says he was underpaid for the work that he did on Gibson’s film, and he says Gibson engaged in a “chronic and conspiratorial pattern of deceit” when it came to discussing the movie’s finances with him. Gibson, for his part, says he can’t afford to give a deposition because it would interrupt the production of his next film, Edge of Darkness. — Associated Press, WENN (x2)

2. Mary, Mother of the Christ — a project that Fitzgerald sold to MGM nearly two years ago — is moving along quite well, according to co-writer Barbara Nicolosi. In a blog post today, she said the film “is going ahead in a very graced way. The financing seems to have come together in the last week. A director is attached and it’s out to talent and a shooting date is on the calendar for March.” — Barbara Nicolosi

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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