Mel Gibson is out and about on the promotional trail for his upcoming film and return to the spotlight, the great looking Edge of Darkness. He hasn’t headlined a movie in eight years and folks are interested in what he’s got to offer audiences with his forthcoming projects.
The star has revealed some details about his involvement (or lack of?) in Mad Max 4, and his forthcoming Viking film that is set to star Leonardo DiCaprio.
At the Edge of Darkness press conference, Gibson was asked if he’s spoken to George Miller about Mad Max 4. The star replied:
“I’ve talked to George…yeah. We talk all the time anyway. I’m abreast of that. He’s been trying to do this for years - the 4th installment. At one point I was involved and it fell to bits and then this and that…so now it’s probably gone through a lot of changes and I can’t wait to see it cause everything he does is magic. There is a touch of genius about George. Probably any good trick I’ve learned I got from George and Peter Weir.”
I know that I’m reading between the lines here, as I’ve done with every scrap of Mad Max news, but Gibson does not say that he isn’t involved in the film.
The Passion of the Christ director also went on to talk about the Viking film that he’s developing for Leonardo DiCaprio. He give details on the origin of the project:
“The very first idea I ever had about making a film…my first thought about ever being a filmmaker was when I was sixteen years old and I wanted to make a Viking movie. And I wanted to make it in old Norse, which I was studying at the time. It’s odd because at that age that’s a stupidly ridiculous idea cause how will I ever be a filmmaker. It’s just some kind of romantic pipe dream. But that was the first big, epic, wacky idea I ever had was to show Viking real.”
Much like he did for The Passion and Apocalypto, it looks like Gibson plans to shoot the film in the traditional dialect of the day:
“I think it’s going to be English - the English that would have been spoken back then - and Old Norse. Whatever the 9th century had to offer. I’m going to give you real.”
The actor/director went on to talk about what he wants to give audiences with the film:
“I want a Viking to scare you. I don’t want a Viking to say, “I’m going to die with a sword in my hand.” I don’t want to hear that. It pulls the rug out from under you. I want to see somebody who I have never seen before speaking low guterl German who scares the living s**t out of me coming up to my house. What is that like? What would that have been like?”
Now, that sounds pretty awesome!
I can only imagine that the film will be violent and epic, much like Gibson’s previous directorial efforts. The man has shown that he can take the most bizarre concept and turn it into a fine movie. He’s one of the top action directors working in Hollywood today, and I can only imagine the epic battle scenes that he’ll have in this film.
More on Mel Gibson’s upcoming projects when we get it!