Mel Gibson’s sequel to The Passion of the Christ won’t be coming to theaters all that soon, the director told Stephen Colbert on Tuesday’s episode of The Late Show. “It’s probably about three years off, because it’s a big subject,” Gibson said.
The film will be called Resurrection, but Gibson said it will be about more than its title. “It’s more than a single event, it’s an amazing event,” Gibson said. “And to underpin that with the things around it is really the story. To sort of enlighten what that means. It’s not just about the event; it’s not just some chronological telling of just that event. That could be boring, and you think, ‘Oh, we read that.'”
Asked by Colbert how the film intended to avoid being predictable for anyone who has read the Bible, Gibson added, “What are the other things around it that happened? … They’re in another realm. Sure, you’re going all over the place. What happened in three days?”
But the director cautioned his film might not take Jesus to hell and back. “I’m not sure, but it’s worth thinking about. Get your imagination going,” he said.
Back in June, Passion of the Christ writer Randall Wallace revealed he was working on a script for a sequel to the blockbuster film. In August, Gibson discussed the project further, and hinted that Wallace could even direct the sequel, if Gibson does not.