At the very best of Thursday’s NBC Today, co-host Hoda Kotb sounded the alarm just a few new film throughout the works: “Is Mel Gibson planning a sequel to his most controversial and successful movie ever?” Later throughout the current, fellow co-host Savannah Guthrie gave further particulars as she equally warned: “What we’re finding out about Mel Gibson’s plan for a sequel to his most controversial movie ever, The Passion of the Christ.”
Introducing a full report on the topic throughout the 7:30 a.m. ET half hour, Guthrie fearful: “Well, Mel Gibson is back in the headlines this morning, nearly 15 years after his film, The Passion of the Christ, stirred up controversy….He is apparently looking to do it again with a sequel.”
Correspondent Willie Geist well-known: “Over the last several years, Mel Gibson has tried to overcome a number of personal scandals that have tarnished his blockbuster career.” After describing Gibson’s observe-up to Passion of the Christ as “the Hollywood sequel few people saw coming,” Geist reminded viewers of the director’s earlier controversies:
The info comes as Gibson is attempting a comeback of his private, after that now-infamous DUI in 2006, the place Gibson went on an anti-Semitic tirade that made worldwide headlines, forcing Gibson off of Hollywood’s A-guidelines….That incident was adopted by dwelling violence bills in 2011 that had been dropped after a plea deal.
A soundbite adopted of The Hollywood Reporter’s Rebecca Sun fretting: “It raises this conversation of was this long enough? Is it okay for him to come back?”
When The Passion of the Christ acquired right here out in 2004, the liberal media confirmed vital hostility to the religious film. Anchors on all three broadcast networks wrung their palms over the movie’s orthodox depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus. On the Today current, then-co-host Matt Lauer put this question to The New Yorker’s Peter Boyer: “The Anti-Defamation League expressed concern over whether it would portray the Jews as, quote, ‘bloodthirsty, sadistic, and money-hungry enemies of Jesus.’ You spoke to the head of the ADL. Did he think it was an anti-Semitic movie?”
A Media Research Center explicit report on religion safety launched in 2006 found that whereas The Passion was dealt with as a difficulty, the conspiratorial anti-Catholic film The DaVinci Code was lavished with optimistic consideration from the networks.
Wrapping up his report on Thursday, Geist credited Gibson’s 2004 film “with opening the door to faith-based films as not so much a niche film industry, but as a blockbuster widespread popular kind of movie.” Guthrie replied: “Yeah, I forgot how much money it made at the box office….It was a sensation back then.”
Despite the overwhelming success of The Passion of the Christ, evidently viewers can anticipate the sequel, centered on the resurrection of Jesus, to be met with the an identical media hostility.
Here is a full transcript of the February 1 section:
7:00 AM ET TEASE
HODA KOTB: Is Mel Gibson planning a sequel to his most controversial and worthwhile movie ever?
7:19 AM ET TEASE
SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: Coming up, a very powerful film in historic previous? What we’re finding out about Mel Gibson’s plan for a sequel to his most controversial movie ever, The Passion of the Christ.
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SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: Well, Mel Gibson is once more throughout the headlines this morning, virtually 15 years after his film, The Passion of the Christ, stirred up controversy. Made tons of of tens of hundreds of thousands of , by the best way during which. He is outwardly wanting to do it as soon as extra with a sequel. And Willie is following that story for us. Hi, good morning.
WILLIE GEIST: Good morning, Savannah. Good morning, Hoda. Good to see you every. Over the ultimate quite a few years, Mel Gibson has tried to overcome quite a few personal scandals which have tarnished his blockbuster career. Now, the star who carried out Jesus throughout the distinctive movie is opening up about Gibson’s plans for a observe-up.[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Controversial “Passion” Project; Mel Gibson to Direct “Passion of the Christ” Sequel]
It’s the Hollywood sequel few people seen coming. The Passion of the Christ was launched better than a decade previously on a $30 million funds. The film, spoken fully throughout the historic language of outdated Aramaic, depicts the crucifixion of Jesus. It earned better than $600 million and stays one in all many highest grossing motion pictures in historic previous.
Now, after better than a decade, Mel Gibson is about to direct a Passion sequel. Actor Jim Caviezel, who will reprise his place as Jesus, telling USA Today the movie “is going to be the biggest film in history. It’s that good.”
The info comes as Gibson is attempting a comeback of his private, after that now-infamous DUI in 2006, the place Gibson went on an anti-Semitic tirade that made worldwide headlines, forcing Gibson off of Hollywood’s a-guidelines. Gibson issued an apology, describing his actions as “a moment of insanity” and a “public humiliation on a global scale.” That incident was adopted by dwelling violence bills in 2011 that had been dropped after a plea deal.
Despite the scandals, Gibson nonetheless has two of the very best three highest grossing faith-based totally motion pictures of all time, along with Hacksaw Ridge, which earned him a Best Director Oscar nomination closing 12 months.
REBECCA SUN [THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER]: I really feel you will have the opportunity to check out Mel Gibson for instance of any particular person who’s now out of director’s jail, once more into the graces of people throughout the commerce who perceive that he’s nonetheless pretty bankable. It raises this dialog of was this prolonged enough? Is it okay for him to come once more?
MEL GIBSON: The topic materials is large. I suggest, it’s not practically a resurrection, it’s not the, you perceive, man comes once more, walks via partitions, has holes in hand, eats a bit of fish.
GEIST: Gibson’s Passion sequel is deliberate for launch in 2020. No phrase however on which studio is connected to the enterprise. The Passion of the Christ is credited with opening the door to faith-based totally motion pictures as not loads a definite phase film commerce, nonetheless as a blockbuster widespread modern kind of movie, and he’s proved it.
GUTHRIE: Yeah, I forgot how loads money it made on the sphere office.
GEIST: $600 million.
GUTHRIE: It was a sensation once more then. Willie, thanks.
HODA KOTB: Willie, thanks.