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Passion of the Christ sequel reportedly set to begin filming

Passion of the Christ

It’s been nearly two decades since Mel Gibson’s epic film The Passion of the Christ, and it seems like we’re finally getting a sequel.

A new report (via WorldofReel) notes filming for the long-awaited sequel, titled The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection, will begin in a few months.

Details are scant but Mel Gibson is returning to direct, while Jim Caviezel is returning to fill the role of Jesus himself.

The sequel has been in pre-production for a decade so far and Gibson has gone through six drafts with Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace.

The original Passion film is a faithful retelling of the New Testament and the events leading up to the crucifixion of Christ.

Its sequel will naturally focus on the 24 hours of Jesus’ passion, and what happened during the three days between his crucifixion and resurrection.

While the original Passion of the Christ had tiny $30 million budget, it raked in $612 million and remains one of the most successful independent films ever made.

The original film was mostly praised by Christians yet saw a divisive response from critics, mostly for its visceral and gruesome depiction of Christ’s final days.

The Bible doesn’t shy away from violence, and Gibson’s other films have been violent as well – like Braveheart and Apocalypto.

Further details on the Passion sequel are scant, but hopefully we’ll get an official update when filming reportedly begins in late spring.

Considering Mel Gibson’s reputation with Hollywood, the original Passion of the Christ was funded solely with $30 million from his company Icon Productions.

It’s probable that Gibson will once again finance its sequel, though he may run into trouble finding a distributor for the film once again due to its themes.

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