Prominent actor and director Mel Gibson dropped another hint about the planned sequel to "Passion of the Christ" in a recent interview with televangelist Joel Osteen.
Gibson talked about the possibility of making the sequel, which he referred to as "The Resurrection," in an earlier interview with pastor Greg Laurie at the SoCal Harvest in California.
In the interview with Osteen, the director talked about the complexities of making a film on the subject of the Resurrection.
"It's going to take some time because you don't half do something like this," Gibson said. "You do it so that it makes sense. You do it so that it surprises. You do it so that it enlightens," he added.
Gibson emphasized that simply telling the story would not be good enough. He said that the movie has to explore theological issues that have never been considered before.
"So that's going to take some doing," he added. "Not easy, but achievable," Gibson said.
Osteen asked Gibson whether the theme would focus on the Resurrection.
"We were talking about it. We're getting into some interesting areas on this that, between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, like, what was going on in there," the director added. "You know, maybe I've said too much already," he quipped.
Gibson's latest film "Hacksaw Ridge" is scheduled for release in U.S. theaters on Nov. 4. It tells the true-to-life story of Seventh Day Adventist soldier Desmond Doss who refused to fire a single shot in battle due to his religious convictions. It received a 10-minute standing ovation during its premiere at the Venice Film Festival last September.
The film has received rave reviews from critics and there are some rumors circulating that it could be nominated for an Oscar.
"You can't listen to that. You hear it. It is somewhere in the back file but one can't put much stock in that," said Gibson to Fairfax Media, referring to the Oscar rumors.
The director maintained that he just wants people to enjoy watching the film and learn something from it.
The cast of includes Andrew Garfield, Hugo Weaving, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Teresa Palmer and Luke Bracey.