The passion of the Christ caused a massive shift in the film industry. It provoked arguments and even caused a huge chunk of the industry to direct a wave of anger towards its producer Mel Gibson, when it first came out- with its unfettered depiction of the last days in the life of Jesus Christ.
To families, especially Christian families, it was heartily welcomed and a few people will be able to relate to unconscious tears streaming down their faces or those of family members as they watched the often poignant and harsh scenes that supposedly depicted the sacrifice that Jesus Christ underwent for our sake.
When passion of the Christ came out in 2004, there was an unexpected favorable box-office response to the film and at closing, the $30 million dollar budget film, yielded $612m worldwide.
It also managed to incite some other Hollywood producers to continue working on Christian faith films, encouraged by the loyal audience that was revealed in the face of the game changer that was; passion of the Christ.
Its been twelve years since but now screenwriter Randall Wallace has confirmed he and Gibson are at work on a follow-up.
The follow-up is meant to focus on Christ’s resurrection. He told the Hollywood Reporter;
“I always wanted to tell this story. The Passion is the beginning and there’s a lot more story to tell.”
“The evangelical community considers The Passion the biggest movie ever out of Hollywood, and they kept telling us that they think a sequel will be even bigger.”
Mel gibson initially discussed the sequel’s concept last month after an advance preview of Hacksaw Ridge, which is another faith film about a highly decorated medic in the second world war.
No casting details have been released yet, so even the possibility of Jim Caviezel returning to play the role of Jesus Christ is still anybody’s guess.