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Mel Gibson

He Thinks 'The Maccabees' Is Still Alive .... He's Wrong

4/12/2012 10:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sources tell TMZ ... Mel Gibson believes "The Maccabees" project with Warner Bros. -- the project that triggered nuclear war between Mel and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas -- is still alive, but in fact it might as well be buried in a rose garden.

A source connected to Mel tells us, "The project is going forward without Eszterhas. He [Mel] still has a relationship with Warner Bros." 

As you know by now, Eszterhas has written a blistering, 9-page letter accusing Mel of making unspeakable anti-Semitic remarks and even celebrating John Lennon's death.

As for Mel's claim the movie project is still alive, a source intimately connected with it tells TMZ,"There are no plans on making it into a movie."

Our source, who has first-hand knowledge, tells us Warner Bros. was tentative in the first place about doing the project, but was banking on the script "being a heroic story, like Braveheart." The source says, "When the script was submitted, no one liked it ... including Mel."

We're told even if the script was good, the project would still have had to clear a number of hurdles, but given what was submitted, it's effectively D.O.A.

One last thing ... Mel could shop the project elsewhere when Warner Bros. officially pulls the plug.


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Same thing happened with the Passion. Mel will slash the budget, do it through Icon, and make it better than WB would have allowed him to anyway.

Go, Mel! Greatest film maker of the century!

888 days ago


Eszterhas will learn not to mention John Lennon in any letter or Yuko Ono might make a techno song about him.

888 days ago

King of TMZ    

Just because of anti-semitic remarks the media is full brick on this poor guy! let him breathe.

Same thing happened to Michael Jackson after his "They don't care about us" anti-semitic critique

Same thing happened to Charlie Sheen after his 9/11 conspiracy theory remarks.

The media chooses to destroy certain people. This is really stupid.

888 days ago


I thought Mel made so much money from passion of christ,that he never had to work again,EVER!

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@Emp Mel likes to work and an artist has art drive, not money drive. He's not a lazy azz like Eszterhas and Ox who just suck the life from others.

888 days ago

A viewer    

Mel knows what he's doing. In business he's killer smart, in love - not so great. I will always love his work, he's awesome!

888 days ago


Its just a matter of time before TMZ gets their hands on the iPod recording flock. Are you going to blame OG for that as well?

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Does this item support Mel's side - that the script was garbage and Eszterhas is responsible for running the project aground?

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luv ya Mel! lets do lunch. Zeek Kyle

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Wasn't Phil Spector a genius at one time as well?

Tee hee

888 days ago


Oh, Mel, get real. You know the only reason you want to make this film is so you can lovingly linger over 2 Maccabees 7.

888 days ago

Elliot Rodger    

Mel is a great actor, and is one of the best of our time. The staff at Tmz might not agree, but who the hell cares?

888 days ago


my classmate's mother makes $84/hr on the internet. She has been fired for 10 months but last month her check was $8514 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read about it on this site

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poor beater-boi
even catholics won't give him a free pass

888 days ago


..yeah and the recording of him at his DUI arrest... his taped phone calls??.. I don't give a crap how or who obtained them, point is Mel is a vile, hate spewing old man, who has and obviously continues to threaten and rage out of control. I have no doubt that the things this writer are saying are closer to the truth than the blind devotion and praise that the butt kissers kneeling before Mel on these boards are spewing.

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