Prominent Christian movie star and filmmaker Mel Gibson has given more hints about what fans can expect from the potential sequel to his hit film the "Passion of the Christ."
In August, the 60-year-old Gibson told California evangelist Greg Laurie at SoCal Harvest that he is talking with screenwriter Randall Wallace about the possibility of making a sequel to the popular 2004 movie, which he is currently referring to as "The Resurrection."
In a recent interview with Houston megachurch pastor Joel Osteen and his wife, Victoria, which will air on Osteen's SiriusXM channel on Oct. 28, Gibson again discussed the idea of a "Passion of the Christ" sequel.
As Gibson told Laurie in late August that such a project would be a "huge undertaking," the Hollywood star told Osteen that a movie of this kind of historical and biblical significance is not something that can be rushed.
"It's going to take some time because you don't half do something like this," Gibson said. "You do it so that it makes sense. You do it so that it surprises. You do it so that it enlightens."
Gibson even stressed that the movie has to be more than just a simple re-enactment of what happened and must dig into deep theological questions that many have never considered before.
"Just some kind of telling, some kind of rendering that suffices is just not good enough," Gibson explained. "It has to be dug deep for and it has to have, in its image and its sound and its visual, it has to be able to delve to places that people have never even thought before, I think, on a theological level."
"So that's going to take some doing," he continued. "Not easy, but achievable."
Osteen then asked about the theme of the sequel.
"We were talking about it. We're getting into some interesting areas on this that, between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, like, what was going on in there," Gibson added. "You know, maybe I've said too much already."
Gibson also discussed his latest film, "Hacksaw Ridge," which is set to hit theatres on Nov. 4. The movie highlights the faith of U.S. Army soldier Desmond Doss, a Seventh-day Adventist conscientious objector who chose to serve in Japan during World War II without a weapon to defend himself and ended up rescuing over 75 fellow soldiers from the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.
"He did save all these people — in record time — he was a 150 pounds and he was dragging guys off this ridge by himself in danger the whole time," Gibson said. "After he got wounded, he actually jumped off the stretcher to minister to another guy's wounds and put him on the stretcher and said, 'This guy is worse than me, get him out of here,' then found somebody else and dragged them to the edge and got shot again. So it's almost like, almost too much. But this is who this man was, and he didn't just do it in Okinawa. He did it in the Philippines and he did it in Guam, so it was just the way he was."
Although the film is faith-based, Gibson said that the goal of the film is not just to "preach to the choir."
"I mean, you want to make a story that is compelling and tick all the boxes, cinematically-speaking, for everyone in the audience. As Randall was saying, we don't want to be shoved into some second-best situation because it is some faith-based film," Gibson explained. "I mean, this is a good film and I make it as well as I can."
"The faith aspect of it, which I think comes from a truth, and it was certainly a truth in the character of the real man and in his story, it's absolutely integral to the entire aspect of the making of the film and the execution of it," he asserted. "So, you put the audience in a foxhole and they won't be atheists either."