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Lionsgate Buys Mel Gibson’s ‘Blood Father’ for U.S. Release

9 December 2014 4:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate has bought U.S. distribution rights to action-thriller “Blood Father,” starring Mel Gibson.

Jean-Francois Richet directed “Blood Father” from a script by Peter Craig (“The Town”), who adapted his novel of the same name. The film was shot in the late spring in New Mexico.

Gibson plays an ex-con who reunites with his estranged 16-year-old daughter, and vows to protect her from the drug dealers who are trying to kill her. The daughter is played by Erin Moriarty, who portrayed Woody Harrelson’s daughter in HBO’s “True Detective.”

Elisabeth Rohm, William H. Macy and Diego Luna also star.

Why Not Productions produced. Wild Bunch launched international sales at Cannes.

Gibson and Andrew Garfield have been in talks to come on board World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge.” If the deals go through, Gibson will direct the movie, based on the life of Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious »

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Mel Gibson’s ‘Blood Father’ Being Acquired For U.S. By Lionsgate

9 December 2014 3:12 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Lionsgate is near a deal to acquire U.S. distribution rights to Blood Father, the action thriller that stars Mel Gibson. Pic is directed by Mesrine helmer Jean-Francois Richet, from a script by The Town‘s Peter Craig. Gibson plays an ex-con who reunites with his estranged, wayward 16-year old daughter, and vows to protect her from the drug dealers who are trying to kill her. The picture is produced by Why Not Productions. Elisabeth Rohm, William H. Macy and Diego Luna also star in the gritty thriller that was shot in New Mexico. Most world territories were brokered at the last Cannes.

Gibson next gets back behind the camera to direct Hacksaw Ridge, with Andrew Garfield playing Desmond T Doss, the first conscientious objector in U.S. history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Doss was a U.S. Army medic who served in World War II »

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Mel Gibson Heads Back to Directing (Exclusive Video)

21 November 2014 12:57 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Gibson is on board to helm "Hacksaw Ridge," based on the true story of a war hero named Desmond T. Doss, who would be played by Garfield if the deal gets sealed, reports THR. Drafted in 1942, Doss refused to bear arms and eventually became a medic — and a pariah among other soldiers for his beliefs as a conscientious objector. He won the Medal of Honor in 1945 for aiding 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa, yanking wounded men from enemy lines and sustaining critical injuries while unarmed. 13 years in the works, the film was originally slated at Disney, with "We Were Soldiers," an earnest 2002 Vietnam War pic starring Gibson, director Randall Wallace on board. Cross Creek Pictures is currently attached to this latest iteration. Read More: Mel Gibson Talks Returning to Directing, Shia Labeouf, Vikings at Karlovy Vary (Exclusive Video) Back in summer 2014 at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Anne video-interviewed Gibson, »

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Mel Gibson May Direct Hacksaw Ridge, with Andrew Garfield to Star

21 November 2014 5:17 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

After directing such films as "Passion of the Christ," "Apocalypto" and "Braveheart," Mel Gibson was on his way to be one of the biggest Hollywood directors. But after multiple offensive rants, very few in Hollywood wanted anything to do with him. Now comes word that Gibson is planning to return behind the camera for a new film, called "Hacksaw Ridge," which has "The Amazing Spider-Man" star Andrew Garfield in talks to star. The new movie is written by Robert Schenkkan and Randall Wallace (Braveheart) and tells the true story of Demond Doss, who was drafted into World War II at the age of 23, but refused to kill or carry a weapon. He ended up as a medic and was given the Us congressional Medal of Honor for his numerous acts of bravery and sacrifice in the line of duty. »

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Gibson, Garfield Team For A "Hacksaw"

20 November 2014 9:20 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Early talks are underway for Mel Gibson to direct and Andrew Garfield to star in the World War II drama "Hacksaw Ridge" at Cross Creek Pictures.

The story will be based on the life of Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector to win the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving dozens of soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa while serving as a medic. He received two Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts.

David Permut, Bill Mechanic, Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson are producing. Walden Media had been involved with the project, but is now out.

Source: Variety »

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Andrew Garfield May Head To Hacksaw Ridge

20 November 2014 4:14 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

There was a time when we thought – not unreasonably – that Mel Gibson had reduced his career to a giant, smoking crater. But it would seem Hollywood is still willing to give him a second chance. He’s snagged several roles recently and is now in early talks to direct real-life conscientious objector drama Hacksaw Ridge, which has Andrew Garfield pondering the lead.Randall Wallace co-wrote the script with Robert Schenkkan and was looking to direct it himself, but Gibson is now making tentative overtures for the director's chair.Hacksaw Ridge is based on the true of Desmond T. Doss, who served as a Us Army medic in World War II during the battle of Okinawa and refused to kill. Despite his objections, his incredible valour saving lives during the battle saw him awarded the Medal of Honor, the first time a conscientious objector has won the decoration.If he does take the job, »

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Mel Gibson, Andrew Garfield in Talks for World War II Drama ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

20 November 2014 2:28 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield are in early talks to come on board World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge.”

If the deals go through, Gibson will direct the movie, based on the life of Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector to win the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving dozens of soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa while serving as a medic.

Garfield would portray Doss, who was a Seventh Day Adventist and received two Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts.

David Permut and Bill Mechanic are producing with Cross Creek PicturesBrian Oliver and Tyler Thompson. Cross Creek is also financing.

Walden Media had been involved with backing the project but is no longer doing so.

Doss’ story was made into the 2004 TV documentary “The Conscientious Objector.”

Garfield starred in “99 Homes,” which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Gibson’s directing credits include “Apocalypto,” “Braveheart” and “The Passion of the Christ. »

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Mel Gibson In Talks To Direct Andrew Garfield In Hacksaw Ridge

20 November 2014 1:15 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Love him or hate him, Mel Gibson never makes wimpish decisions when it comes to the work. He’s handled a variety of opposing epochs, viewpoints and styles in his directorial duties. In front of the camera, he’s demonstrated a capability for comedy, drama and action. So, professionally, while his efforts may be divisive, you can’t question his unfettered commitment to film. Whether his highly-publicized private life holds any sway over your perception of him, may affect how intrigued you are by his next project – Hacksaw Ridge.

According to Deadline, the Aussie is in very, very early negotiations to direct the tale about a U.S. Army Medic who served in World War II. Based on the true story of Desmond Doss, the film will orbit the life of the medic who refused to kill during the Battle of Okinawa. His actions were later rewarded as he was »

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Mel Gibson to Direct 'Hacksaw Ridge' Starring Andrew Garfield

20 November 2014 11:39 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Eight years after directing his last feature, 2006's Apocalypto, Mel Gibson is negotiating to direct Hacksaw Ridge, which has Andrew Garfield in talks to star.

The plot is based on the true story of Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector in U.S. history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Doss served as a U.S. Army medic during the Battle of Okinowa who refused to kill enemy soldiers. President Harry S. Truman awarded him the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945 for saving so many lives during the war. The title refers to the location of a brutal two-week stretch of the Battle of Okinawa, where American troops fought Japanese soldiers on a series of rocky cliffs.

Deadline reports that Mel Gibson's deal is not closed yet, and that negotiations are "moving forward delicately and slowly." Robert Schenkkan wrote the script with Randall Wallace, who wrote the »

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Mel Gibson In Talks To Direct ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ With Andrew Garfield Starring In War Hero Pic

20 November 2014 10:26 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Mel Gibson is in talks to take on directing duties on Hacksaw Ridge, based on the true story of Desmond T Doss, the first conscientious objector in U.S. history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Andrew Garfield is also in discussions to play the lead role.

Doss was a U.S. Army medic who served in World War II during the Battle of Okinawa and refused to kill. President Truman awarded him the Medal of Honor for saving so many lives.

This is not a done deal yet, and Deadline understands that talks are moving forward delicately and slowly. If Gibson does step back into the director’s chair, the subject matter would seem to suit his tastes to a tee. Throughout his career in front of and behind the camera, Gibson has shown an abiding fascination with protagonists prepared to suffer for their principles but ultimately prevailing over hardship. »

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