From the "oh yeah that's happening" department, USA Today reports this week a sequel to The Passion of the Christ is well underway. Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson's original 2004 film, confirmed to the paper that he'll return to the role he's best known for. Gibson, who produced, co-wrote, and directed The Passion, will also helm the sequel.
There are few plot details known about The Passion 2, but screenwriter Randall Wallace announced back in 2016 that the plot would focus on Christ's resurrection. Wallace, who was Oscar nominated for Braveheart, is penning the Passion sequel along with Gibson.
Caviezel, for his part, is certainly hyping the project:
"There are things that I cannot say that will shock the audience... It's great. Stay tuned... I won’t tell you how he’s (Gibson) going to go about it, but I’ll tell you this much — the film he’s going to do is going to be the biggest film in history. It’s that good."
While "big" can mean many things, it usually means money. And, while we don't see Star Wars-type numbers ahead for The Passion Sequel, that doesn't mean it won't be popular at the box office. It very likely will.
In 2004, The Passion of the Christ was one of the most controversial movies ever made while raking in cash. It took in over $600 million globally and became the highest-grossing R-rated movie in U.S. history. The sequel should push those numbers considering it'll be at least 15 years later when it premieres and, you know, inflation.
The masses will likely flock, but probably not in the record numbers that descended on the original movie. In the meantime, you can see Caviezel play another biblical figure, Luke, in the upcoming Paul, Apostle of Christ.