Mel Gibson to Direct Andrew Garfield in 'Hacksaw Ridge' War Drama
Since Mel Gibson hasn't gained much traction on a comeback as far as his acting career is concerned (Machete Kills and The Expendables 3 were fun, but didn't make waves), it looks like he's going to try the directing door again instead. THR reports Gibson is currently in talks to direct Hacksaw Ridge, a World War II drama that tells the true story of Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, who won the Congressional Medal of Honor. What makes this all the more interesting is that Doss was drafted into the military in 1942 for the war, but he refused to bear arms on religious ground, and still ended up being a war hero. Read on!
The report also says The Amazing Spider-Man franchise star Andrew Garfield is in talks to take the lead role of Doss. Since he didn't want to pick up a weapon to fight and ended up being mocked by soldiers for his beliefs, the soldier became a loyal medic during the war, and that's where his bravery comes into play. Doss saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa, helping to evacuate wounded soldiers right by enemy lines. And just because Doss didn't pick up a weapon doesn't mean he didn't see real battle, because while tending to soldiers on the field, he was wounded by a grenade and even hit by a sniper.
This sounds like an incredible story, and one that could really turn Gibson's career around, especially with a name like Garfield attached. This project has been in the works for about 13 years, previously developing at Disney with We Were Soldiers director Randall Wallaced involved. Now it doesn't have a studio home, but producers David Permut and Bill Mechanic are still involved and have been since the beginning. The good news is that the project already has financing from Cross Creek Pictures and the company's Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson are also producing. Gibson hasn't directed a movie since Apocalypto in 2006, so it would be nice to see him get back behind the camera again. Agreed?