Mel's back


Mel's back
Kind of
Mel Gibson hasn’t exactly been ingratiating himself with… well anyone in the last few years, becoming more known for his appearances on TMZ than his increasingly infrequent forays into acting. He’s had just four leading roles in the last decade and while Edge of Darkness had its moments, Jodie Foster's The Beaver hardly set the box office alight.

Disregarding his personal life for the moment, Gibson is a charismatic performer and a talented director so it’s good to get some news that he might be returning to both sometime soon. First up, thanks to /Film, check out the trailer for the rather conventional looking Get the Gringo.

Originally titled How I Spent My Summer Vacation and shot almost two years ago, Get the Gringo looks rather like something you’d find on a bottom shelf at the video store starring Wesley Snipes. Over saturated colours and cheap looking action scenes abound – and we’re not overly encouraged by it being the directorial debut of long time AD Adrian Grunberg. But at least, at the centre of it, there’s Mel looking enjoyably off-kilter and the possibility for a halfway clever structure, thanks to a script co-written by Gibson.

Get the Gringo is set for a strange release in the states – starting with a premier on digital satellite channel DirecTV on May 1st, then hitting home video later in the year. It looks like it will also be hitting cinemas in Europe in May, so keep a look out for it.

And if you’re a fan of Gibson’s directorial efforts, there’s even better news as we get a whisper of his long rumoured Viking epic. A brief mention on Deadline runs thusly: “His [Gibson’s] Icon label is developing an epic period Viking film that Gibson will direct, and which his Braveheart writer Randall Wallace has just turned in a second script draft.” The piece also mentions an epic drama in production with Warner Bros which focuses on a Jewish warrior who lead a revolt against the Greek-Syrian armies in the second century BC. Gibson is set to direct that one and he’s also writing the script with Joe Eszterhas. Yes THE Joe Eszterhas – the one behind Basic Instinct and Showgirls. How much nudity can a Jewish warrior epic contain? Just wait and see!

Get the Gringo is in cinemas in May and we’ll have more news on Gibson’s movies in production when we get it.

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