Mel Gibson to Make Movie About Ancient Jewish Warrior

Controversial star Mel Gibson isn't giving up on his career just yet!

Now that his bitter custody battle with ex Oksana Grigorieva has finally been resolved, the scandal-plagued actor-producer-director is diving into his next project: developing an untitled epic historical drama about ancient Jewish warrior, Judah Maccabee, EW reports.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker, 55, hasn't had much luck on the big-screen lately, starring in box-office disappointments Edge of Darkness and The Beaver while continuing to battle a public-relations nightmare stemming from his personal relationship drama and the outcry over anti-Semitic remarks.

But Gibson is apparently hoping to pay homage to the Chosen People with this new film project, which is a collaboration with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (Showgirls, Basic Instinct), who is penning the script. Despite his racier hard-R screen offerings, Hungarian-born Eszterhas also wrote the emotional Holocaust-themed court drama Music Box. After Eszterhas is done with the script, Gibson, who will produce the film, has first dibs at directing it as well.

Gibson's last religious film, The Passion of the Christ, made nearly $371 million at the box office, making it the highest-grossing R-rated movie ever made.

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