Production of sequel to The Passion of the Christ shut down in Rome, Jerusalem


Rewrite of script underway following the Pope's exonerations of Jews.


By: DANIEL HOROWITZ  
Published: April 1st 2011
in Culture » Movies


Passion of the Christ

In a startling announcement, production of the sequel to Mel Gibson’s blockbuster 2004 film, The Passion of the Christ, currently shooting in Jerusalem and Rome, has been shut-down while a major overhaul of the script is said to be underway.

 

Apparently, the rewrite of the sequel is the result of Pope Benedict XVI’s personal exoneration of Jews and the allegations that they were responsible for Jesus Christ’s death.

 

The original film depicted the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem, opening in the Garden of Olives where Jesus had gone to pray after the Last Supper.

 

In the sequel, tentatively called Criss-Cross, Jesus, after spending a wild weekend in Gomorrah with two buddies, returns home and is in the wrong place at the wrong time, picking up cigarettes and a 12-pack of Corona in a Bethlehem Convenience Story.

 

The new script will have Jesus accidentally shot to death by the crossbows of two masked assailants, one of whom tells the clerk, “Oh, no, I think we just killed Jesus!” The other attacker is said to respond, “Good thing we are NOT Hebrews!”.

 

Gibson, who also has a cameo role in the new film, is seen, from behind, running out of the convenience story, wearing a white robe with “Honk if you love Jews!” stitched on the back.



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