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Mel Gibson to star in the Taken-style thriller Blood Father

03.28.2014

Despite run ins with the law and the court of public opinion, Mel Gibson still remains one of the coolest actor/directors out there. While some people cannot separate their personal opinion from a cinematic one, it is hard to not look at movies like LETHAL WEAPON, PAYBACK, MAD MAX, CONSPIRACY THEORY, and BRAVEHEART and not hope to see that kind of Mel back on the big screen. Despite an entertaining turn in GET THE GRINGO and a villainous turn in MACHETE KILLS, Gibson has remained outside of the starring role for quite some time.

But that looks to change with the just announced BLOOD FATHER. Coming from MESRINE director Jean-Francois Richet, BLOOD FATHER will place Mel into a role that sounds very reminiscent of Liam Neeson's in the TAKEN series.

Scripted by THE TOWN’s Peter Craig, the thriller is about an ex-con who reunites with his estranged wayward 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers that are trying to kill her.

Gibson played a similar role in Martin Campbell's EDGE OF DARKNESS and while it sounds like the fodder for a lot of direct to Redbox fare, Mel definitely has the acting chops to bring a movie like this to a higher level. MESRINE was a damn fine movie as well, so the combination of Richet with Gibson should make for an entertaining feature.

BLOOD FATHER has no U.S. distribution at this time and hopefully someone will get over Gibson's off-screen antics and give this one a try.

Source: Deadline

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12:28AM on 03/30/2014
Good to see Mel back in action.hope he directs the Vikings movie.Get the gringo and Edge of darkness are fine films.last week i watched the directors cut of Payback.it was awesome,especially the last half an hour
Good to see Mel back in action.hope he directs the Vikings movie.Get the gringo and Edge of darkness are fine films.last week i watched the directors cut of Payback.it was awesome,especially the last half an hour
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4:40PM on 03/29/2014
I finally saw Machete Kills and Mel was really great in it. I was hoping he would be back soon. It's weird - he has done some shitty stuff, but I don't think anything criminal. I can't imagine tom cruise or even will smith being a lot different one on one. I don't want to hang out with these ppl. But the director of jeepers creepers is a convicted chomo and he is still making movies (tho direct to video), but I don't hear ppl blacklisting him? Obviously he isn't as huge as Mel is, but,
I finally saw Machete Kills and Mel was really great in it. I was hoping he would be back soon. It's weird - he has done some shitty stuff, but I don't think anything criminal. I can't imagine tom cruise or even will smith being a lot different one on one. I don't want to hang out with these ppl. But the director of jeepers creepers is a convicted chomo and he is still making movies (tho direct to video), but I don't hear ppl blacklisting him? Obviously he isn't as huge as Mel is, but, again, Mel didn't really do anything criminal (well, was he convicted of a DUI?) and they won't even cast him in a cameo in the hangover. I think easily 80% of ppl have said a hate slur or a racist joke at least once. It certainly doesn't make them hate certain groups or racist. He should be given another chance, not a chomo. With all that said, I was disappointed with Darkness, and while I'm excited to see him back, I wish it wouldn't be in a Taken rip-off. But it's a start
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4:05PM on 03/29/2014
Cool. Now that Bruce Willis is "tired" about the genre, but keep makin' a lot of crap, we need a good kickass return from Mel, and hopefully some action flicks with him as the lead for the next 10 years.
Cool. Now that Bruce Willis is "tired" about the genre, but keep makin' a lot of crap, we need a good kickass return from Mel, and hopefully some action flicks with him as the lead for the next 10 years.
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3:19AM on 03/29/2014
Please let this be a 2000+ theatrical release and not VOD like the underrated Get the Gringo. Mel is one of cinema's most talented actors and directors and should be back on the big screen again.
Please let this be a 2000+ theatrical release and not VOD like the underrated Get the Gringo. Mel is one of cinema's most talented actors and directors and should be back on the big screen again.
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12:55AM on 03/29/2014

More Mel Delivery please!

Everyone needs to get this gringo working more. Love his movies.
Everyone needs to get this gringo working more. Love his movies.
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11:27PM on 03/28/2014
That premise+Mel Gibson = Me Sold!!!
That premise+Mel Gibson = Me Sold!!!
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8:40PM on 03/28/2014
sounds good to me!
sounds good to me!
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8:16PM on 03/28/2014

I think its time we forgive and forget

I mean people believe in whacky shit all the time, imagine being indoctrinated by someone like his father for his whole life. People also change all the time, so hopefully he has learned his lesson.

All that being said, he's a great actor/director and always bad ass in action/revenge flicks. Bring this shit on.
I mean people believe in whacky shit all the time, imagine being indoctrinated by someone like his father for his whole life. People also change all the time, so hopefully he has learned his lesson.

All that being said, he's a great actor/director and always bad ass in action/revenge flicks. Bring this shit on.
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9:44PM on 03/28/2014
Racism and misogyny aren't exactly mere "whacky shit."
Racism and misogyny aren't exactly mere "whacky shit."
8:49AM on 03/29/2014
People have forgiven Mike Tyson and he is a violent rapist!
People have forgiven Mike Tyson and he is a violent rapist!
4:50PM on 03/29/2014
I gotta say, using a racial slur does not equal racist. I know a LOT of ppl, including myself really, that when angry and provoked enough, will call out whatever is different with u to try and make u angry, whether ur sexuality, weight, skin color - anything that can press ur buttons and get under ur skin. Is that cool or even ok? No. But it's not racist either. And really, if u don't like a certain group of ppl, who gives a fuck? As long as u understand that u can't be rude or harm them,
I gotta say, using a racial slur does not equal racist. I know a LOT of ppl, including myself really, that when angry and provoked enough, will call out whatever is different with u to try and make u angry, whether ur sexuality, weight, skin color - anything that can press ur buttons and get under ur skin. Is that cool or even ok? No. But it's not racist either. And really, if u don't like a certain group of ppl, who gives a fuck? As long as u understand that u can't be rude or harm them, it really doesn't matter. I know it's more complicated than that and u shouldn't teach hate, but my gma hates black ppl, she'll go out of her way to avoid them if she can, but she won't be disrespectful to them when she can't.
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8:15PM on 03/28/2014
Oops double post
Oops double post
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7:44PM on 03/28/2014
GREAT news. Hopefully Mel can sit at the big kid's table again in the near future. And if you haven't seen Gringo, you should.
GREAT news. Hopefully Mel can sit at the big kid's table again in the near future. And if you haven't seen Gringo, you should.
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6:49PM on 03/28/2014
HELL YES
HELL YES
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5:48PM on 03/28/2014
Edge of Darkness is a damn fun and entertaining movie . . . underrated as hell.
Edge of Darkness is a damn fun and entertaining movie . . . underrated as hell.
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6:33PM on 03/28/2014
totally agree, fantastic flick
totally agree, fantastic flick
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5:43PM on 03/28/2014

sold at Mel

super excited at the 'from one of the writers of The Town'. I am there!
super excited at the 'from one of the writers of The Town'. I am there!
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5:42PM on 03/28/2014

Looks promising !!!

It's been long since Gibson has had a promising material in his hands. I hope this one will be good and that it will work with mainstream audience, knowing that Gibson's last movies didn't . The project looks promising, some talented people have been hired, let's wait and see the final product... Count me in !!!
It's been long since Gibson has had a promising material in his hands. I hope this one will be good and that it will work with mainstream audience, knowing that Gibson's last movies didn't . The project looks promising, some talented people have been hired, let's wait and see the final product... Count me in !!!
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