The Passion of the Christ, a brutal depiction of the final hours leading up to Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, was a huge hit at the box office back in 2004. It is the biggest Christian movie of all time, with a $612 million worldwide gross. Additionally, it is still the highest grossing R-rated film in North America, with a $371 million intake. And now, twelve years later, a sequel has been confirmed.
Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that he is writing a sequel to The Passion of the Christ. Mel Gibson will return to direct, while “several” financiers are interested in picking up this project. The film will focus on the resurrection of Jesus, which we saw a glimpse of in the first movie.
Wallace, who majored in religion at Duke University, admits that he always wanted to tell the story of Christ’s resurrection. “The Passion is the beginning and there’s a lot more story to tell.” He adds that his and Gibson’s interest in the sequel was fueled by demands within the Christian community.
Jesus’ resurrection has been told many, many times on film. Most recently, the story was depicted in Risen, which focused on a Roman soldier searching for Christ’s body. It will be interesting to see how the untitled Passion of the Christ sequel adapts this story.