Mel Gibson to Direct Andrew Garfield in 'Hacksaw Ridge' War Drama

November 20, 2014
Source: THR

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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?

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Reader Feedback - 12 Comments


Good to have him back directing. Really wanted him to do that viking film he was talking about doing some years ago, though.

Nielsen700 on Nov 20, 2014


The irony is that Mel Gibson was secretly rooting for the Nazis while shooting this film.

TheOct8pus on Nov 20, 2014


I was gonna take you to task on this one, but then remembered that Gibson's father is one of those nut-bags that claims the Holocaust never happened. That is pretty strange. And sometimes the apple doesn't fall very far from the tree. Although, the Jews did give Gibson a very, very hard time for his film The Passion of Christ; seems they think he implicated them in the death of Christ and they are a bit sensitive about that. His rage at them came out in a drunken rant and now he's paying the price. He is a very, very good film director though.

Bo on Nov 20, 2014


Really don't want to start a flame war here (is that an antiquated term now?) but I just want to advise against using terms like "the Jews" doing this or that. Jews are not a single-minded group or organization. The ADL did come out against Gibson (and rightly so, his comments were pretty much textbook bigotry), so you can name that specific organization, but I'd be wary about generalizing any group much larger than that. Anyway, this all goes back to the age-old discussion of separating the art from the artist. Personally I think Gibson is a really bad person, and will be as long as he continues to hold such extremist religious views. I don't want to support him as an artist. That said, pretty much everyone recognizes that he is a talented filmmaker (although I actually think Passion was just plain bad, and not for political reasons). I really liked Apocalypto. So as for any new movies that he makes, I'll probably just fall back on that old, somewhat hypocritical trick. I'll make sure to see his films without paying.

Boiler Bro Joe on Nov 20, 2014


Fair enough, Joe. Although I'm not too worried about being labeled or even considered anti-Semitic as I'm not. I do think that accusation is sometimes wrong and used to ward off any and all criticism even though that criticism might be correct or constructive. I would also 'just like to advise' you against giving any 'unsolicited' advice...oh...sorry...I just did the I agree that perhaps Gibson's drunken rants warranted flak from the ADL, but he really did get way too much flak for his take on the passion of Christ. I do, however, disagree with your assessments of that film. I thought it was very well done and very effective...and I'm no believer in Jesus or the whole Christ thing or even the Bible. It was just, in my opinion, a very well made film about a historical story or myth and I thought it interesting. Myself, I don't know Gibson and would be hesitant to consider him a 'bad' person. I can't place myself in an area where I can make that kind of assessment of another person. Besides The Passion of Christ, I too liked his film Apocalypto and really liked Braveheart. That film was quite good and very well directed. In the end, Joe, there are simply not very many films out there today that I would pay for; Gibson's or any others. So thanks again for your head's up about being wary of generalizing any group. In that regard it could easily dilute one's arguments and it's best for one to be cognizant of that fact.

Bo on Nov 20, 2014


I agree. Apocalypto is one of my favorite movies. You can't argue with the quality of his films...but as a person, he's just a giant douche.

TheOct8pus on Nov 21, 2014


He was in a rough batch but i still like the guy, as an actor and a director. I think its time everyone moves on from his stumble in the past. He hasnt been in the tabloids as of late regarding any kind of douchebaggary so obviously hes making some headway. I look forward to this movie.

Rock n Rollllll on Nov 20, 2014


I have hopes for this film. Garfield is capable and Gibson is a skilled director. A much higher KD ratio when directing!!~

DAVIDPD on Nov 20, 2014


Passion of the Christ was the best Horror Movie I ever watched!

FuziJuzi on Nov 24, 2014


I had a friend whose wife was dying. He was working on the set of the last Lethal Weapon movie. Mel Gibson and the director Richard Donner let the guy go to the hospital and stay with his wife with full pay and replaced him with someone else to do his job. In other words they paid twice for the same job. Mel and Richard Donner looked in on the guy and his wife on regular bases and kept him on the payroll for the entire film while he stayed with his wife. I've heard from other friends that he is one of the kindest and nicest people they're ever known. Is he perfect of course not. Was he drinking to much, him and another 18 million people in the USA drink to much and do stupid things when they're drunk. I've done a few stupid things under the influence myself and I was never a big drinker. I'm lucky to have a drink once every couple years if that. But the booze can make a guy stupid. I think Mel Gibson is one of the best actors and directors in the world. Looking forward to seeing him on screen, and looking forward to seeing him behind the camera. ""And why worry about a speck in your friend's eye when you have a log in your own?

michael mercier on Nov 27, 2014


---- - -STILL ANOTHER, ------------------WHO needs IT? ---------------------- - -decades OFF point, --------------------------- - - -Hollywood WWII franchise slum ------------------------------------ - - --rehash add on? We used to hold out hope for the genuinely talented GIBSON. NO MORE. He's --apparently-- is as ------------------ terminally 'on board' -------------------------------------as SPIELBERG. BLUH

--IT--IT--IT II on Mar 25, 2015


Read Desmond Doss's profile on to read the whole story of his bravery. Its truly amazing what he did.

Charles O'NeiLL II on Jul 22, 2016

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