Just when you thought we’d seen the last of actor, director and noted anti-Semite Mel Gibson, he seems to be plotting a comeback of sorts: according to actor Jim Caviezel, Gibson is hard at work on a sequel to his controversial 2004 film The Passion of the Christ.
“Mel Gibson just sent me the third picture, the third draft. It’s coming,” he told Breitbart. “It’s called The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection. It’s going to be the biggest film in world history.”
But wait, you may be asking yourself, didn’t the first movie already end with Jesus being crucified and resurrected? Yes, but the new movie will apparently, according to Caviezel, depict “his biblical resurrection and the events that followed.” There’s no word yet on whether or not there’s a studio attached to the project or when the sequel would potentially hit theaters.
When it was released back in 2004, The Passion of the Christ was denounced by many for its alleged anti-Semitism. As reviewer Katha Pollitt wrote at the time, “Gibson has violated just about every precept of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops own 1988 ‘Criteria’ for the portrayal of Jews in dramatizations of the Passion (no bloodthirsty Jews, no rabble, no use of Scripture that reinforces negative stereotypes of Jews.)…The priests have big noses and gnarly faces, lumpish bodies, yellow teeth; Herod Antipas and his court are a bizarre collection of oily-haired, epicene perverts. The ‘good Jews’ look like Italian movie stars (Italian sex symbol Monica Bellucci is Mary Magdalene); Jesus’s mother, who would have been around 50 and appeared 70, could pass for a ripe 35.”
Despite that, the movie, which cost approximately $30 million to make, raked in a whopping $622 million worldwide at the box office.
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