Back in 2004, Mel Gibson directed The Passion of the Christ. While there have been many movies about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, this biblical epic was unique in not holding back on the violence surrounding the Christian Messiah’s torture and death by crucifixion. Now the film is getting a sequel with Gibson and Jesus star Jim Caviezel returning.
Caviezel, himself a devout Christian, has previously revealed that The Passion of the Christ 2 will focus on the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
This was only briefly referenced at the end of the first film, with the stone of the empty tomb rolling away and the resurrected Christ stepping out with stigmata from the cross piercing through his hands.
Now in a new interview with Fox News, Caviezel has given an update on The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection.
The interviewer asked: “Mel Gibson is talking about doing a sequel to The Passion. He’s been working on it for a number of years. Where is it now?”
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Caviezel replied: “Fifth draft.
“It’s going to be a masterpiece.
“It’s gonna be the biggest film in world history.
“I believe it will be based on what I feel in my heart.”
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The 51-year-old continued: “It’s so imperative in this time.
“These [biblical] films can’t be made now.
“The films they make are Marvel Comics movies. You’ll see Superman. You won’t see Jesus…
“I got to play the greatest superhero there ever was.”
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Back in 2016, Gibson teased some of his plans for the sequel when talking with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show.
This included the possibility of exploring what happened to Jesus in the three days between his death and resurrection.
Asked about depicting Hell, Gibson replied: “I’m not sure. But it’s worth thinking about, isn’t it?
“What happened in three days?…I’m not sure, but it’s worth thinking about. Get your imagination going.”
Gibson added: “It’s more than a single event, it’s an amazing event.
“And to underpin that with the things around it is really the story, to enlighten what that means.
“It’s not just about the event; it’s not just some chronological telling of just that event.
“That could be boring, and you think, ‘Oh, we read that’… But what are the other things around it that happened?”