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Mel Gibson

I'm Making a Jewish Movie!

9/9/2011 2:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

File this under ironic and interesting ...  Mel Gibson is producing a movie that triumphs the Jewish struggle against tyranny ... a movie about the greatest Jewish hero of all time.

Mel's publicist Alan Nierob tells TMZ ... Mel is teaming up with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (right) -- who wrote the Jewish-themed movies "Betrayed" and "Music Box" -- to produce a movie about Judah Maccabee, the Jewish warrior who defeated the Greek-Syrian armies in the second century B.C.

Mel -- who famously directed the arguably anti-Jewish "Passion of the Christ" in 2004 -- has signed on with Warner Bros., which won out over several other studios that wanted the project.

Nierob says Gibson has been working on the Maccabee project for a decade, but now it's about to become real.

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For all of the naysayers, take notice -- Mel is still a viable actor, producer, director in Hollywood. Warner Brothers wants him and so did other studios that lined up on this project. The reason Warner Brothers was quick to jump in is because they lost a lot of money when Mel did "The Passion of The Christ." Mel made lots of money, other studios didn't and they have been kicking themselves ever since. This film will do extremely well worldwide because of the subject matter. Warmer Brothers doesn't want to miss out again.

So I ask one more time -- WHO SAID MEL WAS FINISHED IN HOLLYWOOD-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

And one DUI Plus Recorded tapes of HATE later lmao..Dude , Are you just pretending all that didn't happen ? Mel is a talented Movie maker , never seen anything like him , but not withstanding he has offended lots of Jews , blacks, and Puerto-Ricans with some if the things he said. I mean , the guy has covered a lot of Ground here , and it's starting to show up at the BOX office and will continue to..

1085 days ago

Paul Lynde    

Whoop di do.

1085 days ago


Anti-Jewish!?!?!... Passion of the Christ was NOT Anti-Jewish, it was a recreation of the life of Jesus... it's history, stop trying to change it.

1085 days ago


Truthfully this project has "BOMB" written all over it!!! The dynamics that made "Passion of The Christ" successful in 2004 simply AREN'T there. Many people respected Mel Gibson's determination to produce and direct a movie about Jesus Christ who's life, ministry, death and resurrection are the bedrock of Christianity. He appeared to be the fabled "David" fighting against the intense Jewish backlash generated by this movie's theme. Since 2006 up until now, the public's perception of his persona has drastically changed. Frankly many Jews and Christians take their religious beliefs very seriously and they're not going to support this project because they don't perceive Mel Gibson as someone who should be using anything with "serious" religious overtones to resurrect his "severely" crippled cinematic career. This project has the potential to become both a "professional" and "financial" drain. I would avoid it AT ALL COSTS!!! Now's NOT the TIME for it. Producing animation and small movies with very moving story lines like "The Help" really makes much more sense in this economy. There's certainly projects available to Mel Gibson but this one screams "DISASTER"!!!

1085 days ago

little aussie reader    

Yay! And then do we get to see the Viking movie?

1085 days ago


Bobo, sapo bobao, seems like I pushed your buttons. LOL. You're so drowning in hatred for the man that you can't even fathom that women significantly younger then him could possibly find him attractive. From your reaction seem like a case of repressed jealousy to me.

I just happen to disagree with your assessment of his looks, I never gave the man much notice when he was younger, but unlike some opinions here, I think he's aging very well, and getting better with age.

But alas, as typical of the MG haters, in the lack of intelligence or knowledge, they resort to name-calling, whether against MG, or against those who don't share their hateful doctrine.

Good night now, Bobo. Have fun exhibiting your proficiency in name-calling.

1085 days ago


You can take it to the Bank - As soon as the Promo comes on and Mel Gibson's name is Mentioned - The Movie will BOMB...

1085 days ago


I'm just not convinced as to how this "movie" can change the world today. Mel's God bless him for the movies he's made so far, but really, the stripper dancing writer? Am I wrong and have him mixed up with some other of the billion screen writers in HW? Now I must go back to my personal email account to verify that I am the SAME person that posted this very angry comments.....will be done in a matter of moments...********s.....

1085 days ago


Is Harvey putting up something on Mel to get more clicks. Only story he can keep. Run pony, run.

1085 days ago


Sincerity: 9 minutes ago
... There's certainly projects available to Mel Gibson but this one screams "DISASTER"!!!


Yeah right, a "disaster", and that's why "several other studios wanted the project", because they are led by complete novices who don't know how to judge the potential of a movie? I think not.

Hi LAR, funny, I was just thinking of that Viking movie recently and wondering if it's really dead or if there's still a chance that project will eventually be resurrected...

1085 days ago


ehhh! You are trying to turn Mel Gibson into a micro talent. He is a HUGE talent, one of the greatest. You won't see him doing insignificant projects, because he thinks too big, he is incapable of film making mediocrity.
This movie will be a hit! People will go to the theater expecting another stellar experience and he won't let them down.

1085 days ago


Blah , Blah , the movie will bomb - Unless they don't mention his name..I don't know , Maybe it's just me , I have a diverse group of friends and they hate this guy with a Passion , no pun intended ..They didn't give him their money for " The beaver " , and they are not going to give their money on this one..

1085 days ago


Great news You go Mel


1085 days ago


If Mel wants to produce this movie, that's up to him, it's his money, or rather Icon's money, or his and Robyn's money. Wonder what she thinks?

1085 days ago

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DetroitRocks: 3 hours ago
Has anyone ever figured out why the word W**A**T**C**H** is edited on here?

yeah, any ******* idiot can work it out... you just need to lift your intelligence up to the level of any f.uc*ng idiot. Quite impossible, I suspect.

1085 days ago
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