Jesus Christ portrayer Jim Caviezel has some very exciting news to share. He got interviewed by USA Today! But that’s not even the most exciting part. Jim says we’ve got to hold onto our pants because Mel Gibson is going to raise his career from the dead by making a sequel to 2004’s The Passion of The Christ. So no, apparently Mel has not been cancelled. The lucky bastard got his bullshit grandfathered in.
According to USA Today, the planned film will be based on the resurrection of Christ. Jim, not wanting to give away any spoilers, said “There are things that I cannot say that will shock the audience“. It seems like if The Bible is your source material, playing fast and loose with the plot might not be the way to go. But I guess Mel had to think of a clever way to explain why Jesus came out of his 3 day coma looking like a 50 year old (Jim is 49 years old). Mel talked about The Passion 2: Jesus Take The Wheel himself in 2016.
“The Resurrection. Big subject. Oh, my God,” he said. “We’re trying to craft this in a way that’s cinematically compelling and enlightening so that it shines new light, if possible, without creating some weird thing.”
Jim says that he’s “inspired” by the direction Mel is taking and has big expectations for the movie.
“I won’t tell you how he’s going to go about it,” Caviezel says. “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.”
Sounds like a lot of hyperbole but the first movie was an enormous hit. But that was before Sugar Tits became everybody’s favorite fake band name. Also before, you know, all that nasty business with Oksana Grigorieva. One thing we can be pretty sure of is that it definitely will not be co-starring William Bradley as Paul the Apostle. The Christian audience that The Passion was so popular with are a pretty forgiving bunch so even if the nay-saying heathens of Hollywood aren’t fucking with Mel anymore, it could still be a monster (zombie, natch) hit.