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Lionsgate may distribute Mel Gibson's directorial return Hacksaw Ridge

02.09.2015

For the first time in almost a decade, Mel Gibson will be returning to the director's chair for the World War II drama HACKSAW RIDGE. The deal is on the verge of being finalized, but word from The Hollywood Reporter out of the Berlin Film Festival has Lionsgate agreeing to a $10-15 million dollar deal to domestically distribute the $45 million dollar movie.

HACKSAW RIDGE is a true story that will star Andrew Garfield in the lead role as Pfc. Desmond T. Doss. Doss was awarded the Medal of Honor despite refusing to bear arms due to religious reasons.

Doss made himself a legend when saving 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa. He helped evacuate the wounded near enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers on the field, and in one overnight battle, was wounded by a grenade and later hit by a sniper while saving grunts. Doss also received two Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts.

HACKSAW RIDGE would represent the return of one of the biggest names in Hollywood. Mel Gibson was notoriously involved in tabloid issues surrounding his religious beliefs and anti-Semitic comments. Gibson has apologized for his behavior and yet has struggled to find the same major roles and directing jobs he used to. If HACKSAW RIDGE turns out to be well-received, this could be Gibson's second chance.

The film has been in development for 13 years and is written by Robert Schenkkan and WE WERE SOLDIERS scribe Randall Wallace. There is no production date yet but I would expect to see this film sometime in 2016.

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11:31AM on 10/03/2015

Yes

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6:04AM on 02/10/2015

Yes please

For all his faults Mel Gibson is still one of my all time favorite leading men, I think he was the birth of the complex action hero. He always brought something more than just muscle and one liners to proceedings, His comeback is long over due. As much as I do not condone his behavior, he clearly has issues that need addressing but ostracizing him from Hollywood does not help at all. Get him behind the camera, this film will be great.
For all his faults Mel Gibson is still one of my all time favorite leading men, I think he was the birth of the complex action hero. He always brought something more than just muscle and one liners to proceedings, His comeback is long over due. As much as I do not condone his behavior, he clearly has issues that need addressing but ostracizing him from Hollywood does not help at all. Get him behind the camera, this film will be great.
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10:04PM on 02/09/2015
Let the man direct.
Let the man direct.
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9:48PM on 02/09/2015

He seems like a shit head but

He's a hell of a director. Shit's all over pretty much every other actor trying to direct.
He's a hell of a director. Shit's all over pretty much every other actor trying to direct.
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9:16PM on 02/09/2015
This should be a great comeback for Mel Gibson.
This should be a great comeback for Mel Gibson.
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9:02PM on 02/09/2015
Mel is awesome and is long over due for a comeback tour. Apocalypto and Braveheart are epic. I have been waiting for Tarantino to give him a call to aid in his resurgence, but a new directing gig on a war film where Mel really excels would be the next best thing.
Mel is awesome and is long over due for a comeback tour. Apocalypto and Braveheart are epic. I have been waiting for Tarantino to give him a call to aid in his resurgence, but a new directing gig on a war film where Mel really excels would be the next best thing.
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8:21PM on 02/09/2015
great to hear this.Mel is really one of my favorite Directors.not that okay with casting of Garfield.would like to see Mel direct Chris pratt
great to hear this.Mel is really one of my favorite Directors.not that okay with casting of Garfield.would like to see Mel direct Chris pratt
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9:50PM on 02/09/2015
I like Pratt more than Garfield but think Garfield seems better suited for this role than Pratt.
I like Pratt more than Garfield but think Garfield seems better suited for this role than Pratt.
6:38PM on 02/09/2015

I fucking love Mel!!!

Seriously, Apocalypto is brilliant. I'm so looking forward to this.
Seriously, Apocalypto is brilliant. I'm so looking forward to this.
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3:57PM on 02/09/2015

About Time

This is truly great news, he is a brilliant director and hollywood is bette with him then without him.

I don't need to know anything else about this project, with Mel directing i will be seeing it.
This is truly great news, he is a brilliant director and hollywood is bette with him then without him.

I don't need to know anything else about this project, with Mel directing i will be seeing it.
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3:10PM on 02/09/2015

Good for him

To quote Trey Parker and Matt Stone, "Mel Gibson may be crazy but he knows good storytelling."

BRAVEHEART, PASSION OF THE CHRIST and APOCALYPTO were all brilliantly made (if controversial) movies. He deserves to be back behind the camera, I'm looking forward to seeing this film.
To quote Trey Parker and Matt Stone, "Mel Gibson may be crazy but he knows good storytelling."

BRAVEHEART, PASSION OF THE CHRIST and APOCALYPTO were all brilliantly made (if controversial) movies. He deserves to be back behind the camera, I'm looking forward to seeing this film.
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2:51PM on 02/09/2015
Really hope this is the beginning of a long overdue comeback.
Really hope this is the beginning of a long overdue comeback.
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2:40PM on 02/09/2015
Mel is one of my favorite directors, so this is great news. I was hoping he'd be doing the rumored Viking movie next, but this sounds like good film as well.
Mel is one of my favorite directors, so this is great news. I was hoping he'd be doing the rumored Viking movie next, but this sounds like good film as well.
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2:39PM on 02/09/2015

I'd rather see him in front of the camera...

I loved Get The Gringo and he was the only decent part of Expendables 3
I loved Get The Gringo and he was the only decent part of Expendables 3
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2:25PM on 02/09/2015
Excited to see Gibson back at the directing helm.
Excited to see Gibson back at the directing helm.
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