It’s been nearly 16 years since “The Passion of the Christ” hit theaters.
Most of Mel Gibson’s Hollywood friends told him he shouldn’t self-finance the 2004 global sensation, but thankfully he ignored them and delivered us the best cinematic depiction of Jesus Christ ever made.
And now we finally have some excellent news about Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ” sequel.
You might be surprised to learn how much “The Passion of the Christ” made at the worldwide box office. It made $610 million at the worldwide box office, which is even more impressive when you consider it was produced for $30 million. Gibson self-financed because everybody else thought it was career suicide.
Also, some bizarre events occurred while making the film.
For instance, the set was reportedly struck three separate times by lightning.
The actor who played Jesus of Nazareth, Jim Caviezel, claimed he was “lit up like a Christmas tree” while filming the Sermon on the Mount sequence of the film. He added, “I knew it was going to hit me about four seconds before it happened. thought, ‘I’m going to get hit.’ And when it happened, I saw the extras grab the ground.”
Caviezel was also hit with the whip during the flogging scene many times too. It hit him so hard that he said “[the lash] just extended over the board and hit me with such a velocity that I couldn’t breathe. It’s like getting the wind knocked out of you. The stinging is so horrific that you can’t get air.”
But thankfully none of that prevented Gibson from finishing the film.
And now we’re learning that Gibson will be writing and directing “The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection,” focusing on the events that occurred during the 3 days between the crucifixion and his resurrection. https://offthewire.com/if-you-love-american-patriotic-movies-then-youll-love-these-3-modern-films/
The film is expected exactly a year from now on March 31st, 2021, but the bad news is every production has stalled due to the sweeping global pandemic. Hollywood is effectively shut down until further notice as a result. https://offthewire.com/my-pillow-ceo-just-made-one-pro-christian-move-that-you-wont-believe/
Easter Sunday will be April 4th 2021 and it will be a grueling year to get a production of this magnitude done in time.
But the good news is they can keep working on the screenplay considering it will probably be pushed. Caviezel claims they’re on a “fifth draft” right now.
Speaking with Fox Nation, Caviezel revealed the movie is “going to be a masterpiece.” He added, “It’s gonna be the biggest film in world history, I believe it will be based on what I feel in my heart.”
Caviezel also offered a caveat about “The Passion of the Christ” about shooting the scene when Jesus of Nazareth is carried on the heavy wooden cross through the streets; he slipped and it came crashing down on his shoulders too.
The “Déjà vu” star said, “At this time, the shoulder is out, and I was trying everything I had to get my arm over [the cross. And it looks like it’s the most extraordinary take because it looks like I’m cherishing our cross, which is our faith, and hugging it but in the most beautiful way. It wasn’t beautiful to me because it hurt like hell… my AC joint had been torn.”
Caviezel was apparently injured a lot on set. But as some people say, art requires sacrifice. And given the weight the 2004 masterpiece had, it was well worth it for everybody involved and the global audience.
The star actor also believes both films will stand the test of time much like the Bible itself.
Caviezel revealed, “I think it’s like the Bible. People are going to keep reading it. They’ve been reading it for thousands of years. I think that Mel Gibson and I did very clearly stick to that and not much has changed in 2000 years. Jesus is as controversial now that he’s ever been.”
He also thinks his portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth will overshadow Marvel or DC comic book movies concluding, “The films they make are Marvel Comics movies. You’ll see Superman. You won’t see Jesus… I got to play the greatest superhero there ever was.”
Hopefully it will still make its original release date slated for Easter 2021 because it’s something the world needs right now.