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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 12:48 am    Post subject: Apocalypto Now! Reply with quote

Just kidding about the now part, but just heard that Mel Gibbson is directing a new movie called Apocalypto. Like the Passion it will be done in old language in this case ancient Greek. Here's what I found so far on the movie.

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Everything is the new something. For example, Twelve is the New Eleven. Or, Pink is the New Blog. And now, Mel Gibson is the New George Lucas.

With a little extra cash lying around after the worldwide success of The Passion of the Christ, Gibson (much like Lucas did with the Star Wars franchise) is self-financing his latest project, Apocalypto. Word today that Disney has won a bidding war to distribute the film domestically. Gibson's company, Icon, will handle international distribution.

Very little is known about the movie. After being stung once already (copies of his script for The Passion of the Christ leaked to the media), Gibson is taking no chances this time around. What is known, however, is that the movie is set in an ancient civilization some 3,000 years ago. The title is a Greek term which means "an unveiling" or "new beginning".

Gibson wrote the script and will direct. He will opt not to star though, and will likely not use a star for the film.

Pre-production is underway with Gibson setting locations and casting already begun. Production begins in October in Mexico for a summer 2006 release.
http://www.empiremovies.com/index.php?id=4869


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In The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson revived the Aramaic language. For his next movie, he'll give new life to an ancient Greek term.

Apocalypto is the title of Gibson's next self-finance epic, Daily Variety reported Friday. Shooting is scheduled to begin in October, and a summer 2006 release is planned.

The film is described as an action picture, set 3,000 years in the past. Details otherwise are sketchy, and that's the way Gibson apparently wants it. According to Variety, the star requested studio execs read the script at his offices, less any pages get leaked.

As Gibson did on Passion, the Oscar-winning multihyphenate is directing, writing and producing, but not starring. Also as was done on Passion, his Icon Productions is footing the bill. While Hollywood studios were reluctant to distribute the religious epic that ended up grossing more than $611 million worldwide--the independent company Newmarket Films handled the honors--Disney beat out rivals for dibs on Apocalypto, the trade paper said.

Apocalypto is a Greek term meaning unveiling. It is not to be confused with Apocalypso, the 2003 album by vocalist Rita Calypso, or apparently even apocalyptic, the adjective of biblical doom. In fact, according to Variety, Gibson's Apocalypto is "not religious in theme."

In Passion, Gibson retold the final hours of Jesus' life, often in excruciating detail. Though movies dealing with religious figures hadn't been welcomed by the masses since the 1950s, Gibson's was, and found itself credited with bringing AWOL audiences back to theaters.

One group Passion didn't click with was Oscar voters. The film, accused sight unseen by some as a work that would fuel anti-Semitism, took home zero awards. Overall, the film earned three nominations, not one of which was for Gibson, who'd won two Oscars for directing and producing Braveheart.

Since the passions over Passion died down, Gibson has focused on television--he produced two short-lived shows last season, Clubhouse and Complete Savages--and fending off a stalker. Outside of a cameo on Complete Savages, and some supporting work in independent films, Gibson, the actor, hasn't starred in a Hollywood movie since 2002's Signs.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An action flic set 3000 years ago and made for Disney?

My Greek history is not that good. What happened there 1000BC?
Isn't that close to the sacking of Troy?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 2:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well from what I found the following:


1100 BC: Mycenae is detroyed by Dorian invaders who have iron weapons
1100 BC: Delphi is the capital of a league of Greek cities (including Sparta and Athens)
1100 BC: Aegean Civilizations (Minoans and Mycenaeans) disappeared
900 BC: Greeks colonize the eastern coasts of the Aegean Sea
950 BC: Greeks found Miletus in Ionia (west coast of Turkey)
900 BC: origin of the Homeric poems
800 BC: 1st Olympic Games

So... I give or take a hundred years from 1000 BC so we have the Mycenaeans vrs the Dorians, Greeks vrs Hittites in Anatolia, 1st Olympics, or a Homeric poem...

OR... an original idea who knows.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL This cracked me up:
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LOS ANGELES (July 25) - Mel Gibson is planning another historical epic. And like "The Passion of the Christ," it will be shot in an archaic tongue. The writer-director plans an October starting date to shoot "Apocalypto," set 500 years ago in Central America, his spokesman, Alan Nierob, said Monday.

Dialogue will be spoken in an obscure Mayan dialect, in the same way Gibson used Aramaic and Latin for his religious blockbuster "The Passion."


Next rumor will be that it's set 500 years in the future and the entire dialogue will be spoken in Klingon? Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess they just mixed up some details like... they will filming in Mexico about ancient Greece...though if it is Maya I wouldn't mind never seen a movie about them lol.

I personally would like to see the sequel to Passion of the Christ...he did leave it open for a part two you know lol j/k.
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