This is going to come across as a strange announcement at first glance, but Collider is reporting that Mel Gibson is working to develop a sequel to Passion of the Christ. Continue reading for more information.
Passion of the Christ made $612 million worldwide on a budget of $30 million, so despite all the negativity that has surrounded Mel Gibson since the release of the film it makes sense why individuals involved with the first movie would be willing to get back on board for another film. According to Collider:
“…a sequel to The Passion of the Christ is in the works with Oscar-nominated screenwriter Randall Wallace (Braveheart) admitting (reluctantly, the report notes) to the fact that he is indeed working on the script. A religious studies major at Duke University, Wallace will be chronicling The Resurrection of the Christ (which sounds like a good sequel title if ever I heard one) and picking up where the previous film left off 12 years (or roughly 2,000 years) ago.”
Wallace shared with Collider:
“I always wanted to tell this story,” he says. “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. It’s too early to talk money,” he adds. “This is such a huge and sacred subject.”
While it seems weird to think about a sequel to the death of Jesus, there certainly are more stories that could be told about the Son of God. A sequel could follow His appearances to the disciples and many others following His resurrection, His final directions to his disciples and Jesus’ ascent into Heaven. Not to mention that it would be easy to weave flashbacks into the narrative of previous encounters Jesus had with these individuals, which would allow opportunity to explore and number of events that transpired during the Gospels. So this sequel might not be as strange a proposition as it sounds.
On the topic of Christian films, I know that the Church has been divided on the subject. While most Christians would support movies like Fireproof and War Room, there are many who were up in arms against Exodus and Noah. Here’s my thoughts on the subject- while I would prefer quality movies that remain true to the Scriptures, I’m glad we’re getting movies based on the Bible period. Yes, I understand the danger of presenting a false representation of the Bible and how viewers could receive an incomplete or incorrect message, but I also believe that God’s Word does not return void and more movies based on His Scriptures the better. Hollywood doesn’t care about the message in these films, they only care about the dollar amount they bring in. If movies based on the Bible turn a profit they will happily make more of them. The more Bible films that get made, the more God’s Word gets out and hopefully it will result in some seeking out the truth behind these “stories.”
One last point on the subject, while they have been improving in recent years there is still a drop in quality when it comes to “Christian Films” (by that i mean those made by Christian organizations). Imagine the possibilities if Hollywood finally made a faithful Bible movie with Hollywood talent and a Hollywood budget. We might not be too far off either because there have obviously been attempts in the past few years and the Bible is ripe with fantastic “stories” even if Hollywood wants to ignore the spiritual content.
What do you think about the prospect of a sequel to Passion of the Christ? What is your impression of Christian movies and the recent big budget adaptations? Share your thoughts in the discussion board below. I will keep you updated with any new information that gets released about this project.