Mel Gibson is developing a sequel to his 2004 biblical drama The Passion of the Christ, reported Hollywood Reporter yesterday (June 9). The actor and filmmaker will team up with screenwriter Randall Wallace, who wrote the script for Gibson’s 1995 Oscar winner Braveheart.
The Passion of the Christ dramatized the persecution and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and became the highest grossing independent film of all time, despite mixed reviews and allegations of anti-Semitism. Expectedly, the sequel will center on his resurrection.
The popularity of sequels has come into question following a string of disappointing Hollywood follow-ups, but that has not deterred Gibson. Twitter, on the other hand, has responded to news of Gibson’s attempt to serialize the New Testament with sarcastic title suggestions referencing other notorious film sequels, series, remakes and reboots, including I Know What You Did Last Sunday and License to Heal.