Mel Gibson to Make Jewish Hero Movie

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By Michael Lewittes

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Mel Gibson is set to produce a movie about Jewish hero, Judah Maccabee.

The actor and director, who went on a drunken anti-Semitic rant during a 2006 arrest in Malibu, is teaming up with Basic Instinct screenwriter Joe Eszterhas to tell the story of the Maccabee family, whose revolt against the tyrannical King Antiochus and reconsecration of the Jewish Temple is told on the holiday of Hanukkah.

A rep for Gibson confirms to Gossip Cop that he’s set to produce the heroic tale and possibly direct it as well. The project, which is being set up at Warner Bros., has been on Gibson’s mind for more than a decade.

In fact, when promoting The Passion of the Christ in 2004, Gibson told Sean Hannity in an ABC Radio interview, “The story that has always fired my imagination… [the] Maccabees.” He added, “The Maccabees family stood up, and they made war, they stuck by their guns, and they came out winning. It’s like a Western.”

At that time, Gibson was accused of anti-Semitism for The Passion of the Christ, and the Anti-Defamation League’s Abe Foxman said if Gibson were to make a movie about the Maccabees, “We’ll lose. He’ll write his own history.” What do you think about Gibson telling the story of the Jewish hero Judah Maccabee?

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