The sequel to Mel Gibson's 2004 blockbuster movie The Passion of the Christ will begin filming in January 2024, according to a new report by a veteran Hollywood reporter.
Jordan Ruimy of the popular entertainment website World of Reel reported this week that The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection would focus on the events between Christ's crucifixion and His rising from the dead. Ruimy is the same journalist who reported last year that production on the movie was imminent.
"Back in January, I had heard that Gibson was finally, very close, to shooting The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection, a mid-year shoot had been planned. Now we're looking at January. The production date seems set in stone," Ruimy wrote.
Gibson directed the 2004 movie, which grossed $611 million worldwide and received three Oscar nominations (Cinematography, Makeup and Original Score).
"Gibson has been hard at work on the screenplay with Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace — there have already been six drafts," Ruimy reported. "... Gibson has been shooting Flight Risk starring Mark Wahlberg in Las Vegas. The last movie Gibson directed was 2016's Hacksaw Ridge which garnered six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor."
One caveat is the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike, which shows no signs of ending soon.
Gibson recently commented on the film.
"It is such a massive undertaking that you can't do it lightly and you can't do it quickly. You have to really consider what it is that you need to show in order to be poignant," Gibson said.
The movie, he said, won't be "linear."
"You have to have many things to juxtapose against one another, even from different time periods in order to illustrate what something means in a more full way," Gibson said. "… It's going to be a real jigsaw puzzle to do."
Gibson implied that one of the scripts he was examining had scenes in hell and showed the angels falling from heaven.
Actor Jim Caviezel, he said, will portray Jesus, as he did in the 2004 film.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.