We watched fabled religious figure Jesus of Nazareth die a gory death in the original Passion of Christ, but now Mel Gibson wants us to witness the aftermath
Biblical movies used to make a killing at the box office and go on to rake in money long after that. In places all around the world, The Ten Commandments starring Charlton Heston still sees airplay during Christian religious holidays. Granted, Mel Gibson's original Passion of the Christ was gruesome and gory, but it was a fantastic hit at the box office. For a film that was made on a budget of a mere $30 million, it was able to gross more than $600 million worldwide.
Most of Hollywood prior to that outing of Gibson's film had written off ever seeing a biblical blockbuster, but Passion proved them wrong. Even though the film was done wholly in obscure languages like Latin and Aramaic with English subtitles, it still managed massive worldwide success. Now, Gibson intends to go further along with the source material with his second foray into the life of Christ with the second installment of Passion.
Jim Caviezel will reprise the titular role as Christ, with Maia Morgenstern as Mary. So far, we also know that Christo Jivkov will be playing John, and Francesco DeVito will be taking the role of Simon Peter. The rest of the cast is still undecided, but it'll only be a matter of time before the rest of the characters start filling in. Once we get a better picture of which roles will be featuring in this sequel, we may have a better idea of where the story is going.
A lot of speculation is surrounding the plot of the movie. As it stands, we've already followed Jesus (Caviezel) as he makes his way to the cross and gets crucified and dies. Based on the activity of the first movie, however, it's very likely that we'll see something different from what's written in the Bible itself. Gibson has already teased clues about the movie, especially about it being another dry retelling of events. Instead, we're slated to see the story of Christ's resurrection, but also its impact on the people of the time.
Furthermore, Gibson went on to advise us that the villains we would be encountering would be "otherworldly." While Gibson has set the story geographically in Jerusalem, the places we will visit will be far-flung and distant from Judea. Gibson has stated that the account will follow the resurrection of Christ, making movie fans think that it'll walk with the disciples between the time of Jesus' death and his ascension.
The original Passion Of Christ, while focusing on Jesus, was a gritty tale that put the deity within the "real world" of the time. Gibson's storytelling, especially when it comes to historical cinema, has been less than stellar. He goes for cinematic brilliance over historical accuracy. In many cases, however, it works out. The cinematography of The Passion Of Christ was exquisite, and despite its difference from what historical accounts and the Bible have said, the story was in many ways just that - a story about Christ's death. We should expect more of that with the second installment.
There's no trailer out yet, and we're probably going to have to wait until filming wraps up before we can start expecting one. There is a teaser trailer, but that doesn’t really give us much insight into what to expect or outtakes from the film either.
Set to release some time in 2021, details on its exact release date are still hazy.Disclaimer : The views expressed in this article belong to the writer and are not necessarily shared by trinikid.com