Rumors of a sequel to Mel Gibson‘s blockbuster 2004 religious drama The Passion of the Christ have been swirling around since August, and Gibson has now confirmed that such a sequel is indeed in the works. Appearing on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote his new film Hacksaw Ridge, the rejuvenated (and heavily bearded) director offered some more details about the project, which he’s titled The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection.
“It’s not just some chronological telling of just that event,” Gibson assured Colbert. “That could be boring, and you think, ‘Oh, we read that.'” Instead, he’s planning to elaborate on the event itself and to “underpin that with the things around it… to sort of enlighten what that means.”
Gibson, who’s working with Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace on the script, claimed that the sequel is still “probably about three years off” due to its scope and ambition. He even hinted at a supernatural element, suggesting that the film’s antagonists are “in another realm” while not exactly committing to any one plot point. One way or another, it probably won’t look like this:
Throughout the interview, Gibson fidgeted and played with his beard, looking noticeably uncomfortable while fielding Colbert’s relatively soft questions. With all the stellar reviews for Hacksaw Ridge pouring in, he had better get used to that spotlight again.