Actor and director Mel Gibson has been slowly revealing tidbits of detail surrounding the sequel to his 2004 mega hit film “The Passion of the Christ,” with the title for the follow-up movie tentatively named, “The Resurrection.”
And just months after news broke that Gibson is poised to make another biblical epic, Jim Caviezel, the actor who played Jesus in “The Passion,” has confirmed that he will reprise his role — but that’s not all.
Caviezel, who also plays Luke in the upcoming film, “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” said that he believes “The Resurrection” will be “the biggest” feature film in history.
“There are things that I cannot say that will shock the audience. It’s great. Stay tuned,” he recently told USA Today. “I won’t tell you how he’s going to go about it. But I’ll tell you this much, the film he’s going to do is going to be the biggest film in history. It’s that good.”
While Gibson has been pretty tight-lipped about exactly what a sequel would look like, he did tell Pastor Joel Osteen in an October radio interview about his creative concerns, explaining that he wants to do it the right way.
“It’s going to take some time, because you don’t half do something like this,” Gibson said. “You do it so that it makes sense. You do it so that it surprises. You do it so that it enlightens.”
He said simply telling the story or rendering it without extensive care to the creative elements would make it “just not good enough,” and while getting it all right won’t be easy, he believes it’s entirely “achievable.”
And Gibson also discussed the project in detail during a surprise appearance at Pastor Greg Laurie’s SoCal Harvest event back in August. The actor and director said during that event that the film would likely be called “The Resurrection,” and made some additional comments along the same lines of what he told Osteen.
“In order to really experience it and explore probably deeper meanings of what it’s about is going to take some doing,” he said.
As Deseret News reported, rumors about a sequel started to fly last June after Randall Wallace, director of “Heaven Is For Real” and the writer of “Braveheart,” told The Hollywood Reporter he was working on a script for the project.