Mel Gibson is an American actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his action hero roles, namely his breakout role as Max Rockatansky in the first three films in the ‘Mad Max’ post-apocalyptic action series, and as Martin Riggs in the ‘Lethal Weapon’ buddy cop film series. During the 1980s, he founded Icon Entertainment, a production company, which independent film director Atom Egoyan has called “an alternative to the studio system”. Director Peter Weir cast him as one of the leads in the critically acclaimed World War I drama ‘Gallipoli’ in 1981, which earned him a Best Actor Award from the Australian Film Institute, as well as a reputation as a serious, versatile actor.
Gibson produced, directed, and starred in the epic historical drama film ‘Braveheart’ in 1995, for which he won the Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for Best Director, along with the Academy Award for Best Picture. He later directed and produced the financially successful, and controversial, biblical drama film ‘The Passion of the Christ’ in 2004. He received further critical notice for his directorial work of the action-adventure film ‘Apocalypto’ in 2006, which is set in Mesoamerica during the early 16th century.
After several legal issues and controversial statements leaked to the public, Gibson held a 10-year hiatus from directing, before returning with the critically acclaimed ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ in 2016, which won two Academy Awards and was nominated for another four, including Best Picture and Best Director for Gibson, his second nomination in the category.
So, what is the next Mel Gibson movie? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Mel Gibson films and tv shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Mel Gibson movie would be as good as some of his recent ones.
1. The Professor and the Madman (2019)
‘The Professor and the Madman’ is an American-Irish drama film, based on the book ‘The Surgeon of Crowthorne’ by Simon Winchester. The film’s title is taken from the edition of the book released in the U.S. and Canada. Principal photography on the film has been completed, as well as some post-production, but a legal dispute has delayed the film’s release. The film is about a professor who in 1857 began compiling the Oxford English Dictionary and led the overseeing committee and a doctor who submitted over 10,000 entries while he was undergoing treatment at an asylum for the criminally insane. The star cast includes Mel Gibson as James Murray, Sean Penn as Dr. William Chester Minor, Natalie Dormer as Eliza Merrett, Ioan Gruffudd as Henry Bradley, Jeremy Irvine as Charles Hall, Steve Coogan, Laurence Fox and Jennifer Ehle as Ada Murray.
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2. Boss Level (2019)
‘Boss Level’ is an upcoming science fiction action film written and directed by Joe Carnahan, starring Mel Gibson, Frank Grillo, Naomi Watts in the lead roles. The plot follows Roy Pulver, a retired special forces soldier, who finds himself trapped in a sinister government program, which results in a never-ending time loop leading to his death. The star cast includes Mel Gibson as Colonel Clive Ventor, Frank Grillo as Roy Pulver, Will Sasso as Brett, Naomi Watts as Jemma Wells, Annabelle Wallis as Alice, Rob Gronkowski, Ken Jeong as Chef Jake, Michelle Yeoh, Mathilde Ollivier as Gabrielle, Selina Lo as Guan Yin, Quinton Jackson, Rashad Evans and Sheaun McKinney as Dave.
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3. War Pigs (TBA)
Mel Gibson and Colin Farrell have boarded ‘War Pigs’, a World War II action pic for Millennium Films to be directed by Tommy Wirkola. Farrell will play Drex and Gibson fills the role of ‘The Pastor’ in a project penned by Nick Ball and John Niven that follows ex-soldiers out for revenge against a gang that killed one of their own and stole their drug money. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian of di Bonaventura Productions will produce alongside Matt Berenson.
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4. Every Other Weekend (TBA)
Mel Gibson is in negotiations to star in ‘Every Other Weekend’, an action-adventure project that will be directed by French filmmaker Benjamin Rocher. Clement Miserez and Jean-Charles Levy are producing the feature — which is eyeing a late-year start in France — along with Peter Safran.
The script has a multigenerational-family storyline that centers on a father who has his son convinced he’s a CIA spy, but in actuality he works in the agency’s IT department. However, on a father-son trip in Paris, the two find themselves in a life-threatening adventure in which secrets are spilled. And proving that sleuthing is a learned trait, it turn out the father’s father is actually the spy. Presumably the patriarch gets his younger kin out of an international incident, along with some witty banter that mends familial divides, with a bumbling, milquetoast relative proving their worth in the third act.
Gibson will play the grandfather, who actually is a spy. Brandon and Kurtis Birtell wrote the original script with the most recent drafts being by Davis Moreau and Tad Safran. SND is producing and fully financing.
5. Waldo (TBA)
‘Waldo’ is a high-octane action thriller from director Tim Kirkby, who is known for ‘Veep‘ and ‘Fleabag.’ Based on the novel ‘Last Looks’ by Howard Gould, ‘Waldo’ also features Eiza González and Charlie Hunnam in the lead roles. The plot revolves around former LAPD detective Charlie Waldo, played by Hunnam, who currently lives the life of a recluse in the woods. When an eccentric TV star’s wife has been murdered under mysterious circumstances, Waldo returns to the trade to find the truth. Mel Gibson plays the character of Alastair Pinch, more details about whom haven’t been revealed yet. Written and directed by Tim Kirkby, ‘Waldo’ will start filming in early 2019, reports THR.
6. Black Flies (TBA)
‘Black Flies,’ which is based on the novel by Shannon Burke, features Mel Gibson and Tye Sheridan in the lead roles. The plot follows a young paramedic Ollie Cross, played by Sheridan, and his unlikely partner Rutkovsky, played by Gibson, a seasoned medic. Guided by the veteran, Ollie plunges into the darkest corners of New York’s inner-city alleys where crime, homeless people, drug use, and chaos reign over the inhabitants. ‘Black Flies’ is directed by Jean-Stephane Sauvaire, who is known for ‘A Prayer Before Dawn,’ from Ryan King’s blacklist-ed screenplay.
7. The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection (TBA)
‘The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection’ is Mel Gibson’s long-awaited sequel to ‘The Passion of the Christ,’ with the actor serving both as the director and producer. Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus in the first movie, reprises his iconic role in the sequel. Reports suggest that the movie is based on Christ’s resurrection and the following events. In 2004, ‘The Passion of the Christ’ became a milestone in the history of faith-based films with a gross of $611M worldwide. Mel Gibson co-wrote, directed and produced the movie on budget of $30M. The movie depicted the last 12 hours of Christ’s life before crucifixion with excruciatingly painful detailing. Gibson is tight-lipped about the ‘Resurrection’ sequel except for Caviezel’s involvement.
8. The Wild Bunch (TBA)
‘The Wild Bunch’ is another Mel Gibson directorial in the making. The movie is a remake of Sam Peckinpah’s gritty Western Classic of the same name. The movie is directed by Mel Gibson from a screenplay he co-wrote with Bryan Bagby. ‘The Wild Bunch’ marks Gibson’s return to the director’s chair after 2016 drama ‘Hacksaw Ridge.’ ‘The Wild Bunch’ follows an outlaw gang along the U.S.-Mexico border. The original earned critical acclaim for its elaborately choreographed action sequences and themes like the Mexican revolution, Mexico as a last resort for American outlaws and the human condition in the American frontier.
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