In 2004, Mel Gibson released his wildly popular movie "The Passion of Christ." The film, which depicted the last 12 hours of Christ's life, became the high-grossing R-rated (rated so for violence) film ever in North America.
The film made $370.8 million in the U.S. and $611 million worldwide on only a $30 million budget. It was a major milestone for faith-based filmmaking.
Now, Jim Caviezel, who portrayed Jesus Christ in the film, confirmed that there will be a sequel. Caviezel, 49, confirmed he will reprise his role as Jesus in the planned film about the resurrection of Christ.
"There are things that I cannot say that will shock the audience," he told USA Today. "It's great. Stay tuned."
Both Gibson and his star are tight-lipped about details, but they both seem inspired by the movie.
"I won’t tell you how he’s going to go about it," Caviezel says, who is seen below in his new movie "Paul, The Apostle of Christ." "But I’ll tell you this much, the film he’s going to do is going to be the biggest film in history. It’s that good."
Gibson talked about his plans for the Passion follow to USA TODAY in 2016.
“The Resurrection. Big subject," he said. "We’re trying to craft this in a way that’s cinematically compelling and enlightening so that it shines new light, if possible, without creating some weird thing.”
Caviezel added that Gibson has "cracked" the story, and they have tentatively scheduled a shooting window.
"Braveheart, that’s a film that took a long time to be able to crack," Caviezel says. "The same thing for Passion. And the same thing for this. He’s finally got it. So that is coming."
Caviezel, who has had a successful career in Hollywood outside of faith-based movies, is already returning to Biblical subject matter. He's playing Luke in "Paul, Apostle of Christ," which will be in theaters March 28.
“'Paul, the Apostle of Christ' brings to life on screen the powerful story of a man who changed the course of history through his committed faith, yet at great cost to himself,” Director and Screenwriter Andrew Hyatt said. “The film shows what a deadly, dangerous place the Roman world was for the early Christian church, and it shows how Paul prepared the faithful to continue living out their beliefs in the face of it.”
According to the press release, in the film, Luke (Caviezel) risks his life to visit Paul, who is being held captive in a Roman prison under Nero’s rule. The apostles struggle together to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread his truth to the world.
“We committed to create a film true to the biblical account of Paul’s life but also one that is dramatic and engaging,” said Producer T.J. Berden. “The trials faced by early Christians and their faith and bravery in spite of them will amaze audiences.”
Will you be seeing either of these movies?