Actor/Director Mel Gibson, while putting the finishing touches on his upcoming World War II drama, “Hacksaw Ridge,” is planning a sequel to one of his more successful and controversial films, “The Passion of the Christ.” The sequel, to be written by Gibson’s “Braveheart” writer Randall Wallace, will focus on the resurrection of Jesus Christ as described in the Bible. “Passion” focused on the crucifixion of the man whom billions of Christians regard as the son of God.

The movie featured explicit scenes of violence and dialogue in period languages. Some critics claimed that the film had anti-Semitic scenes, something that most filmgoers did not recognize.

“The Passion of the Christ” was the most successful independent film in history, garnering over $612 million on a $30 million budget and was embraced by the faith community. The film signaled to Hollywood that Movies that treated religion in a reverential manner had a lucrative market that was being underserved.

According to the Bible, Jesus Christ, a son of a carpenter living in the first century in what is now Israel, taught a doctrine of universal love and goodwill based on the Jewish religion. He was condemned to death by the Roman authorities and executed. However, according to the account, he rose from the dead three days later and was seen alive by many witnesses. The crucifixion and subsequent resurrection were seen as the assumption of the punishment of the sins of humankind through which all people can achieve eternal life.

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The event led to the development of Christianity as a distinct religion that eventually became dominant in Europe with billions of adherents throughout the world.

The resurrection project is still in the early writing stage and has not found funding or a studio. Some investors have expressed interest in such a movie. Considering the success of “The Passion of the Christ,” it is likely that the sequel will have little problem garnering financial backing.

“Hacksaw Ridge,” Gibson’s current project, tells the story of Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who won the Medal of Honor for saving numerous lives as a medic during the Battle of Okinawa.

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