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Newmarket has Passion

10.22.2003

In a move that was rumored over the past week, Newmarket Films has come aboard to distribute Mel Gibson's controversial film THE PASSION OF CHRIST in the US. Newmarket owns no part of the film in the deal and will simply release PASSION to theaters through their distribution division and retain a fee from Gibson's Icon Productions (who retains full rights to the film). This would, theoretically, keep Newmarket relatively free from the controversy the film is already sparking. Anti-defamation officials have decried the film saying it perpetuates the notion that Jews were responsible for killing Christ. Gibson has said he is not anti-Semetic in any way, simply trying to tell the story of the last days of Christ the way he believe the Bible says it happened. PASSION is currently scheduled for a February 25th release (Ash Wednesday) bumped up from a previous Easter date. The film will appear with subtitles (a move Gibson was trying to avoid) to assist audiences with the Latin and Aramaic dialogue. The film stars Jim Caviezel and Monica Bellucci.

Source: Variety
Tags: Hollywood

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