Mel Gibson to Make Film about Maccabean Revolt

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Warner Bros. studios and Oscar-winning actor and director Mel Gibson are teaming up to make an epic film about the Maccabean Revolt. According to reports, the film, which will be produced and possibly directed by Gibson, will focus on the life and achievements of the ancient Jewish hero Judah Maccabee who, along with his father and four brothers, led the successful second-century B.C.E. Jewish revolt against the Seleucid kingdom.* While it unknown whether Gibson will also act in the film, some have speculated that the 55-year-old actor could play Judah’s father, Mattathias. According to Gibson’s camp, the film will likely resonate with past Gibson epics, including Braveheart and The Patriot.

Mel Gibson to Make Film about Maccabean Revolt

Warner Bros. studios and Oscar-winning actor and director Mel Gibson are teaming up to make an epic film about the Maccabean Revolt.

* See Hershel Shanks, “Inscription Reveals Roots of Maccabean Revolt,” BAR, November/December 2008.

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  • Robert says

    Kola – How could “the Jews” stop him? And, why would they? No people on this planet believe more passionately in democracy & the freedoms ennumerated & protected by the Constitution than Jews. And, unlike many of our Gentile neighbors, we understand that the Constitution protects the speech & expression of ALL, even the likes of bottom feeders like Gibson. Carl, no disrespect intended, but if the movie is to be historically accurate, the fairy tale aspects must be ignored.

  • Robert says

    While I fail to comprehend why a rabid anti-Semite like Gibson would want to be involved in making a movie about Jewish heroism & sacrifice, I figure that’s between him & his shrink. That said, I doubt his sincerity and his ability bring such a story to the screen in a historically accurate & reasonably fair manner. How can he understand, judge, and protray people and their actions, in a fair & simpatico way, when he hates their guts? If Gibson lived in 2nd cent. BCE Judea, wouldn’t he have been one of those fighting AGAINST the Maccabees?

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