A Sequel to Mel Gibson's 'Passion of the Christ' in the Works

'The Passion' gained great commercial success, but angered many Jewish organizations that believed it was an interpretation of the New Testament which would fan the flames of anti-Semitism.

Mel Gibson on the set of 'The Passion of The Christ.'
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A sequel to the controversial yet successful "The Passion of the Christ" film is in the works, according to writer Randall Wallace, who is working on the script.

Wallace is teaming up with Mel Gibson, who directed the "The Passion," for a sequel that is set to focus on Jesus' resurrection, he told The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday.

"I always wanted to tell this story," he said. "'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," Wallace said.

A representative for Mel Gibson declined to comment on the matter.

"The Passion" was released in 2004 and gained great commercial success, but its account of the crucifixion of Jesus angered many Jewish organizations that believed it was an interpretation of the New Testament which would fan the flames of anti-Semitism.

When it was released, then-Anti-Defamation League chief Abraham Foxman said he was troubled by Gibson's claim of historical accuracy.

"He made his choice," Foxman told a news conference after viewing the film. "And it's to blame the Jews."

Gibson, who has been caught making racist and anti-Semitic remarks on several occasions, as well as becoming embroiled in incidents of domestic violence, has since become a controversial figure in Hollywood circles.

In 2011, the ADL slammed Warner Brothers for partnering with Gibson for a film based on the life of Judean hero Judah Maccabee.

“We would have hoped that Warner Bros. could have found someone better than Mel Gibson to direct or perhaps even star in a film on the life of the Jewish historical icon Judah Maccabee,” Foxman said.

"Not only has Mel Gibson shown outward antagonism toward Jews and Judaism in his public statements and actions, but his previous attempt to bring biblical history to life on the screen was marred by anti-Semitism,” he added.