Mel Gibson is at the helm of the 'Passion of the Christ' sequel.

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Everyone has the same bad joke about Mel Gibson’s ‘Passion of the Christ’ 2

'The Passion of the Christ 2: The Squeakquel'


Kris Seavers


Published Jan 31, 2018   Updated May 22, 2021, 2:35 am CDT

More than 14 years after the original was a blockbuster triumph, reports confirm that Mel Gibson is steering a sequel for The Passion of the Christ.

Gibson is likely to return as writer and director, and actor Jim Caviezel is in talks to reprise his role as Jesus Christ for The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection, Vanity Fair reported Wednesday.

The original 2004 Passion of the Christ was the highest-grossing R-rated film ever in North America, raking in $612 million worldwide and pulling three Oscar nominations. Gibson co-wrote and directed the Christian drama, which centered on Christ’s crucifixion—and yes, ended in his death.

After the sequel was announced, Twitter quickly offered up title suggestions, mostly riffing on the Fast and Furious franchise.

A sequel seemed likely after the release of the first movie but never happened, Vanity Fair reported, at least in part because Gibson was arrested for driving drunk and went on an anti-Semitic tirade. Despite Gibson’s apology to the Jewish community, he became was a Hollywood outcast for years. During that time, his girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva accused him of domestic abuse, and leaked audio revealed him verbally assaulting her with racist language.

Gibson has had the fortune of waltzing back into the mainstream after the success of his 2016 film Hacksaw Ridge. And now that he’s helming the Passion of the Christ sequel, it’s unclear if Gibson’s past will affect the success of the film. Caviezel, for his part, is promising another milestone movie.

“I won’t tell you how he’s going to go about it,” Caviezel said, according to USA Today. “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.”

We all know if there’s anything Hollywood loves, it’s a redemption story—and capitalizing on sequels.

H/T Vanity Fair

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*First Published: Jan 31, 2018, 4:07 pm CST