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Mel Gibson And Joe Eszterhas To Collaborate On Film Telling Jewish Hero Judah Maccabee Story
Deadline New York ^ | 9/8/11 | Mike Fleming

Posted on 09/09/2011 6:34:32 AM PDT by marshmallow

It’s a project that will have everybody in Hollywood and beyond talking. I’ve learned that Warner Bros has set up an untitled drama that teams Gibson and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas on the telling of the heroic story of Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee. Eszterhas will write the script, and I understand that Gibson will collaborate with him. Joe Eszterhas Judah Maccabee MovieMaccabee teamed with his father and four brothers to lead the Jewish revolt against the Greek-Syrian armies that had conquered Judea in the second century B.C. Gibson has the first option to direct but will definitely produce the film through his Icon Productions banner. It’s understandable why Warner Bros would want to be back in business with Gibson, who was once a high-profile fixture there and who made a fortune for that studio with the Lethal Weapon series and other films.

Having put some painful personal issues behind him, Gibson is determined to get back to making movies. He has long wanted to make this film about heroic Jews, and it was discussed even when he was under fire after his drunken anti-Semitic rant during a 2006 Malibu arrest. Maccabee’s triumph and struggle against tyranny and oppression where people gave their lives so that others would be free to worship is celebrated by Jews all over the world through Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights.

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TOPICS: Current Events; General Discusssion
KEYWORDS: gibson; melgibson; oy

1 posted on 09/09/2011 6:34:35 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

The Book of Maccabees is one of my favorites. Gibson, for all his troubles, will be faithful to the book, I’m sure.


2 posted on 09/09/2011 6:38:14 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: marshmallow

I don’t know about the movie but Mel could be entertaining.


3 posted on 09/09/2011 6:42:13 AM PDT by decimon
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To: marshmallow

Gibson looking for redemption?


4 posted on 09/09/2011 6:43:25 AM PDT by MestaMachine (Bovina Sancta!)
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To: MestaMachine

Everybody has warts. Gibsons Dad is a nut, he’s a recovering alcoholic and refuses to take medication for being bipolar. I’m surprised that he’s a success with those stumbling blocks. But his work is always good.


5 posted on 09/09/2011 6:48:42 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: marshmallow
Joe Eszterhas? Looking forward to seeing Judah bursting through the gate and mowing down an entire Roman legion with a machine gun in each hand while screaming with a maniacal look on his face.
6 posted on 09/09/2011 6:49:00 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: marshmallow

Yay! Mel is back with his epics.

I have really missed him as he is about the only Hollywood actor/director I will pay to see. He does extraordinary work.


7 posted on 09/09/2011 7:10:26 AM PDT by texmexis best
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To: marshmallow

Actually, he is the only Hollywood personality I have paid to see in a movie since about 1990.


8 posted on 09/09/2011 7:11:52 AM PDT by texmexis best
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To: marshmallow

This is exciting news! Can’t wait! I believe these books are in the Catholic Bible.


9 posted on 09/09/2011 7:21:09 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy (For victory & freedom!!!)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
Looking forward to seeing Judah bursting through the gate and mowing down an entire Roman legion with a machine gun in each hand while screaming with a maniacal look on his face.

Wouldn't be Roman, would be Seleucid.

10 posted on 09/09/2011 7:24:05 AM PDT by Lee N. Field ("What is your only comfort, in life and death?" "That I an not my own, but belong, body and soul...")
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To: OpusatFR

I’m looking forward to seeing the film


11 posted on 09/09/2011 7:38:22 AM PDT by Judith Anne ( Holy Mary, Mother of God, please pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death.)
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To: decimon

I thought Gibson was incredible in “The Beaver.” While some of the script at the very end got predictable, he captured the essence of depression.


12 posted on 09/09/2011 7:43:52 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: marshmallow

Blah blah.

Braveheart with a Menorah.

I don’t look to Hollywood for biblical commentary.


13 posted on 09/09/2011 7:52:07 AM PDT by barstoolblues (proud member of the sunzab itches club)
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To: LS
I thought Gibson was incredible in “The Beaver.” While some of the script at the very end got predictable, he captured the essence of depression.

I didn't see that movie. I guess that Gibson has had his share of good performances.

14 posted on 09/09/2011 8:05:49 AM PDT by decimon
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To: barstoolblues

The Passion of Christ was very faithfully portrayed.


15 posted on 09/09/2011 8:19:49 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: barstoolblues

Sorry you don’t want to hear or see the truth.


16 posted on 09/09/2011 8:20:49 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Greek, not Roman. The Romans — Rome was then in its infancy as a world power — are briefly mentioned in 2 Macc (IIRC) as allies of the Jews.


17 posted on 09/09/2011 8:21:18 AM PDT by Campion ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies when they become fashions." -- GKC)
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To: marshmallow

Hannukah is referred to in the New Testament as the feast of the dedication (John 10.22): “it was then the dedication in Jerusalem, it was winter, and Jesus walked in the temple in the stoa of Solomon...”


18 posted on 09/09/2011 8:22:43 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: marshmallow

Good for him. He’s made some wonderful movies.


19 posted on 09/09/2011 8:24:40 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Campion

Judaea was then part of the Seleucid Empire which had a Greek-speaking elite, not necessarily of Greek ancestry; the Seleucids were of Macedonian origin, descended from one of Alexander’s generals.


20 posted on 09/09/2011 8:25:06 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: marshmallow
I genuinely like Gibson.

We all have our flaws -- but the flaws of many in the entertainment business are totally overlooked. Gibson? Oh, they were just waiting for a chance to use his flaws against him. They weren't going to cut him any slack.

Fortunately for him, he has enough talent to make a comeback. I plan to support him, and I hope he gets his personal demons under control.

21 posted on 09/09/2011 8:29:12 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: marshmallow; Salvation

Antonio Ciseri's Martyrdom of the Seven Maccabees (1863), depicting the woman with her dead sons.

2 Maccabees

Shortly before the revolt of Judas Maccabeus (2 Maccabees 8), Antiochus IV Epiphanes arrested a mother and her seven sons, and tried to force them to eat pork. When they refused, he tortured and killed the sons one by one. The narrator mentions that the mother "was the most remarkable of all, and deserves to be remembered with special honour. She watched her seven sons die in the space of a single day, yet she bore it bravely because she put her trust in the Lord." Each of the sons makes a speech as he dies, and the last one says that his brothers are "dead under God's covenant of everlasting life". The narrator ends by saying that the mother died, without saying whether she was executed, or died in some other way.
22 posted on 09/09/2011 8:32:17 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: Campion

I thought of that after I posted but then I figured, this is an Eszterhas movie. The audience knows about Romans, not Selucids. It will be Romans.


23 posted on 09/09/2011 8:40:07 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Campion; Opinionated Blowhard; Lee N. Field

Hellenistic. Post-Alexandrine phalanx with some Persian stylings.

It’s a great story - we read the books every couple of years - but I just can’t take a Gibson Gore-fest. I’d rather Cecil B. DeMille had done it.


24 posted on 09/09/2011 9:05:26 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I welcome our new reptilian overlords. They are so quiet!)
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To: marshmallow
It’s a project that will have everybody in Hollywood and beyond talking.

Not likely.

25 posted on 09/09/2011 9:13:09 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: marshmallow
Having put some painful personal issues behind him, Gibson is determined to get back to making movies. He has long wanted to make this film about heroic Jews, and it was discussed even when he was under fire after his drunken anti-Semitic rant during a 2006 Malibu arrest.

Barf!!!

You can't put the cat back in the bag, Gibson.
26 posted on 09/09/2011 9:32:45 AM PDT by Labour-Watch (www.labour-watch.com)
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To: marshmallow

Will he cast a gentile in the titular role again?


27 posted on 09/09/2011 9:35:20 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: Tax-chick
Hellenistic. Post-Alexandrine phalanx with some Persian stylings.

It’s a great story - we read the books every couple of years - but I just can’t take a Gibson Gore-fest. I’d rather Cecil B. DeMille had done it.

Didn't G. F. Handel write an oratorio on the Macabees?

28 posted on 09/09/2011 9:51:16 AM PDT by Lee N. Field ("What is your only comfort, in life and death?" "That I an not my own, but belong, body and soul...")
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To: Salvation

If you think you are going to get truth from Ezterhaus and Mel Gibson, or any Hollywood movie, your kidding yourself.

I like the movie The Ten Commandments as much as anyone, but I don’t look to that movie for a full truthful tellng of the Exodus. There are too many facets for a movie to cover.


29 posted on 09/09/2011 11:07:03 AM PDT by barstoolblues (proud member of the sunzab itches club)
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To: marshmallow

Warner Bros will bow out and the film will be canned. Why because Mel committed the cardinal sin of Hollywood. He let his anti semitism become public knowledge. He did it in very unaccetable and repugnant terms. If he had attented a pro Palestine rally carrying an anti Zionist placard and waving a Hamas flag all would be well. If he had organized a protest againt Israel’s “occupation” of Gaza. That would be fine. If he had drummed up support for the Gaza flotilla. He would be a hero.

So drunken rants against Jews make you an outcast but supporting policy that would actually lead to the deaths of millions of Jews that makes you a Tinsel Town glory boy.


30 posted on 09/09/2011 11:41:56 AM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: Labour-Watch

This is Hollywood. With the right amount of studio backign you can stuff a lot of cats back into a lot of bags.


31 posted on 09/09/2011 11:44:13 AM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: Labour-Watch

“... some painful personal issues” like his wife and mistress and zot only knows how many children. But it’s all good, because they’re “behind him.”


32 posted on 09/09/2011 12:34:26 PM PDT by Tax-chick (I welcome our new reptilian overlords. They are so quiet!)
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To: Lee N. Field

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judas_Maccabaeus_(Handel)


33 posted on 09/09/2011 12:38:58 PM PDT by Tax-chick (I welcome our new reptilian overlords. They are so quiet!)
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To: lastchance

***Warner Bros will bow out and the film will be canned.***

Just like they built up, then backed out of the movie THE FAIR GOD (SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE!) back in the early 1960s. It was to be based on the book by Lew Wallace (Ben Hur).


34 posted on 09/09/2011 1:22:08 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name. See my home page, if you dare! NEW PHOTOS & PAINTINGS)
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To: None

There will be BLOOD! Bloody Mel is the Sam Peckinpah of our time.


35 posted on 09/10/2011 11:11:36 AM PDT by RBIEL2
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