If ever a movie called for a sequel, it’s the most famous one about the death of Jesus.
And according to screenwriter Randall Wallace, it’s happening.
Reluctantly confirming rumors to The Hollywood Reporter, Wallace said that he is currently scripting a sequel to director Mel Gibson‘s blockbuster biblical epic The Passion Of The Christ. It remains the #1 R-Rated Movie of All Time, with a domestic box office haul of $370.7 million. (It grossed $612 million worldwide, all on a $30 million budget.)
Wallace most famously collaborated with Gibson on the Best Picture winning Braveheart, and recently again this past year on Hacksaw Ridge, Gibson’s film about the WWII Army medic Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who became the first wartime conscientious objector to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Hacksaw Ridge opens this November.
According to Wallace, he and Gibson began to discuss the idea of a Passion sequel during the making of Hacksaw Ridge, motivated more by Wallace’s long-time desire to tell that story than one of Gibson’s.
While the report did say Wallace and Gibson are collaborating on the sequel, it did not cite Gibson’s role. At this time, it remains unknown if Gibson will once again direct or work strictly in a producer capacity.
THR also reports that “no studio or financial backing has been lined up for the project, which is still in the early script stage. But Wallace indicates there are several financiers interested in investing. “It’s too early to talk money,” he adds. “This is such a huge and sacred subject.”