Mel Gibson's Jewish Braveheart film gets put on hiatus

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Oh Mel Gibson, just when it seems that you’ve managed to claw your way up from yet another PR disaster, something else goes wrong for you, resulting in yet another fine mess.

But while he’s finished filming a few film roles in the interim, the man has been looking to get back behind the camera, for possibly one of the most ironic films of all time, considering his personal views against the Jewish community.

Except that project has been effectively halted.

Gibson was planning on directing a biopic of the Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee, a film that he had been developing for a while now over at Warner Bros.

On paper, it sounds like the perfect project for the manic Australian, as it would have dealt with the smaller underdog army of Jewish rebels fighting for freedom in 165 BC, against the Roman forces of Antiochus Epiphanes, who had an issue with anyone being Jewish.

Basic Instinct and Jade writer Joe Eszterhas was working on the screenplay, originally calling the project a spirited triumph for Gibson to be part of, but he then changed his stance, going on an angry rant against the director.

Add to that complaints from various Jewish groups who were opposed to the idea, and you get a solid reason why Warner Bros decided to halt all production on Huccabee.

It’s bad news for Mel, and unless some other studio offers to pick up the project, it’s effectively dead in the water. Perhaps it’s time for him to finally film a remake of Mr Smith goes to Washington.

Last Updated: April 12, 2012

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