Mel Gibson has landed a lead role in a new action thriller. The up-coming film Blood Father starring Mel Gibson from French director Jean-Francois Richet is rumored to be similar in style to the Liam Neeson action franchise Taken. Blood Father was written by Peter Craig and will be produced by Chris Briggs and Why Not Productions.
Mel Gibson has slowly been crawling his way back into the pubic’s consciousness following several controversial incidents that damaged the once A-list star’s reputation. Gibson first attracted the attention of audiences back in 1979’s Mad Max. Gibson quickly became one of Hollywood’s most sought after actors and starred in many classic films including the Lethal Weapon franchise, What Women Want, The Patriot as well as two sequels to Mad Max amongst many others. Gibson has also directed four films throughout his career including the Academy award winning Braveheart as well as the massively successful Passion Of The Christ. The religious film would end up grossing over $370 million in the United States alone while Braveheart would earn both the Best Picture and Best Director Academy Awards back in 1996. Recently, the actor appeared as the villain in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills and has a role in the up-coming ensemble action sequel The Expendables 3. Blood Father starring Mel Gibson will continue his comeback in the genre that first made him an international A-list actor. Mel Gibson’s most recent film where he played the lead was the 2012 action flick Get The Gringo which was released straight to Video-On-Demand. While not the release a Mel Gibson movie would have gotten previously, Get The Gringo did favourable well with the critics and currently sits at 81% on rottentomatoes.com.
The Blood Father director Jean-Francois Richet has quite a bit of experience with the crime action genre. The French filmmaker directed the 2005 remake of the John Carpenter cult classic Assault On Precinct 13 starring Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburn. Richet’s most recent film was the two-part Mesrine series starring Vincent Cassel. Both released in 2008, Mesrine: Killer Instinct tells the story of French gangster Jacques Mesrine before he became public enemy number one while Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 chronicles Mesrine’s time on top of the most wanted list.
Blood Father is rumored to feature Gibson as a former convict that is forced to fight against dangerous and extremely violent drug dealers in order to protect his estranged daughter. The script for Blood Father was written by Peter Craig, best known for scripting the Ben Affleck bank robbery film The Town. Blood Father is expected to begin shooting this May down in New Mexico. The action film is currently being quickly pushed into production by Why Not Productions and does not have a U.S. distributor lined-up as of this moment.
Blood Father certainly has the potential to bring the once A-list action hero back into the limelight. Though it is not clear at this time whether or not Blood Father starring Mel Gibson will receive a similar release as Get The Gringo or whether it will open wide on the big screen, the film continues Mel Gibson’s slow return back to lead roles.
By Benjamin Murray