Mel Gibson has been dealt a blow over a movie he's spent two decades trying to bring to the screen, and which is now locked in a legal dispute.
From the beginning, the incredible true story of Desmond Doss seemed destined for a big-screen retelling. The heroic actions of Doss, the subject of the new war film Hacksaw Ridge, first captured public attention in 1945. That’s when the WWII medic, who refused to carry a firearm yet ultimately saved the lives of 75 soldiers on the ferocious frontlines of Okinawa, became the first conscientious objector ever awarded the Medal of Honor.
Mel Gibson may not be done with the Jesus story. The notorious actor and filmmaker overcame personal controversies to enjoy a massive box office hit with his 2004 film ‘The Passion of the Christ,’ which cast Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ in the brutal final hours of his life. Independently produced for $30 million, ‘The Passion of the Christ’ was met with a mixed critical response but was warmly embraced by many Christians across the globe, taking almost $612 million worldwide ($370 million in the US alone).
Both Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are likely breathing a sigh of relief that their private lives will not continue to be dragged through the courts and newspapers thanks to settling on a sum for their divorce. While something of a sting, the $7 million (just over £5 million) he will hand over to Ms Heard shouldn’t dent the war chest he’s likely amassed over 30 years in the movie business.
Mel Gibson is working on a sequel to his 2004 biblical blockbuster ‘The Passion of The Christ’, according to reports. Randall Wallace, the screenwriter who penned Oscar-winner 'Braveheart’ for Gibson, confirmed rumours that he’s currently writing the script. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he added that 'the project is becoming too difficult to keep under wraps’.
George Miller not only delivered a new Mad Max movie over 30 years after the series’ last installment. It took Miller a grand total of 15 years to make Fury Road. The writer-director’s original intention was to film it with Mel Gibson, who starred in 1979’s Mad Max, 1981’s The Road Warrior, and 1983’s Beyond Thunderdome.
Ricky Gervais took shot after shot at Hollywood’s biggest names during his fourth go-round as the host of the Golden Globes, and he trained some of his sharpest barbs on an old target: Mel Gibson. “A few years ago on this show, I made a joke about Mel Gibson getting a bit drunk and saying a few unsavory things,” Gervais said, reminding the audience of his 2010 crack about Gibson’s alcoholism (quipped Gervais, “I like a drink as much as the next man… unless the next man is Mel Gibson” — an intro Gibson was apparently ready for at the time).