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September 9, 2011

From the LA Times:

MelMel Gibson and Warner Bros. developing Jewish hero epic

Mel Gibson, the Oscar winner who has defended himself against accusations of anti-Semitism, is developing a film for Warner Bros. about the life of Judah Maccabee, the warrior whose ancient victory is celebrated by Hanukkah.

Gibson’s Icon Productions has closed the producing deal with Warner Bros., and Joe Eszterhas will write the screenplay. Gibson’s camp said the filmmaker will decide if he’s directing after the script is done and that he has not ruled out the possibility that he could act in the film.

Maccabee, his four brothers and his father led the Jewish revolt against the Greek-Syrian armies. The role of his father, the priest Mattathias, might be a logical one for the 55-year-old Gibson if he does opt to appear in the film.

Maccabee is a figure who has fascinated Gibson for years, and at one point he considered this as a follow-up project to The Passion of the Christ in 2004. Gibson’s camp describes the film in terms that resonate with past Gibson projects, such as Braveheart or Roland Emmerich’s The Patriot.

Gibson’s views on religion and politics made him a firebrand figure, but his standing in Hollywood was shaken by more personal controversy. A DUI arrest in the summer of 2006 became a life-changing calamity after anti-Semitic remarks he made while in custody were reported across the planet. Gibson apologized and called it “a moment of insanity” and a “public humiliation on a global scale.” . . .

James Davilla writes that Mel is “also about the right age for Antiochus Epiphanes. Just a thought.”  (Also see the fake Mel Gibson blog.)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 9, 2011 7:44 am

    Redemption doesn’t come cheap, Mr. Gibson. I don’t think a movie is going to do it.

  2. September 9, 2011 2:08 pm

    I am afraid that when I watched Passion, I could not help but snicker at the poor Aramaic pronunciation of the actors — especially Jim Caviezel’s. It was rather inappropriate — as members of the audience were turning their eyes away in horror, I was just transfixed by the failure of the dialogue coach.

    But at least for Passion he had the advantage the (surprisingly anti-Semitic) visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich. Who is his going to be his mystic this time?

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