Mel Gibson’s ‘Passion Of The Christ’ sequel to focus on resurrection

Writer says ‘There’s a lot more story to tell’

Mel Gibson is to make a sequel to his Jesus Christ biopic The Passion Of The Christ, which will focus on the resurrection.

Released in 2004, the original film grossed $610m, having cost just $30m to make. Screenwriter Randall Wallace has confirmed he and Gibson are working on a second movie.

The Passion Of The Christ told about the last days of Christ, but Wallace told The Hollywood Reporter: “The Passion is the beginning and there’s a lot more story to tell.” The resurrection was the subject of Wallace’s university degree at Duke University in North Carolina. Wallace added: “I always wanted to tell this story.”

It isn’t yet clear if Jim Caviezel, who played Christ in The Passion Of The Christ, will be returning for the sequel.

Wallace and Gibson also made We Were Soldiers together in 2002, while Wallace wrote The Man In The Iron Mask as well as a second faith-based film, 2014’s Heaven Is For Real starring Greg Kinnear.

Gibson’s next film Hacksaw Ridge is also in collaboration with Wallace. It’s a biopic of American army medic Desmond Doss, who was a Christian conscientious objector in World War II.