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Warner Brothers Ditches Mel Gibson’s Judah Maccabee Movie; More Anti-Semitic Accusations Fly

At this point it really is clear that controversy follows Mel Gibson wherever he goes, and yet it is nevertheless fairly challenging to think that he’s in the middle of yet yet another public dispute and getting accused of creating even far more anti-Semitic comments. Final year he announced that his next directorial project would likely be an action epic based on the story of Judah Maccabee, a Jewish warrior from the 2nd century B.C. who led a revolt against the Greek-Syrian armies. Despite the fact that the project was clearly in the identical vein as his previous films Braveheart and Apocalypto, it also seemed like a thinly veiled attempt to make amends with the Jewish community following his drunken racial slurs. Regrettably, Warner Brothers lately decided not to move ahead with the project, and now screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (Standard Instinct) has sent a letter to Gibson alleging that he never ever intended to make the movie and that he merely hates Jews. Is the world out to get The Gibber or will he simply never ever find out?

In the letter, which was obtained by The Wrap, Eszterhas claims that Gibson was out of control and continuously referred to Jews as “Hebes”, “oven-dodgers” and “Jewboys.” He also continually threatened his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Gregorieva, even immediately after they had reached a custody agreement over their daughter. Gibson has since responded via Deadline:


I have your letter. I am not going to respond to it line by line, but I will say that the fantastic majority of the facts as effectively as the statements and actions attributed to me in your letter are utter fabrications. I would have thought that a man of principle, as you purport to be, would have withdrawn from the project regardless of the funds if you genuinely believed me to be the individual you describe in your letter. I guess you only had a dilemma with me after Warner Brothers rejected your script.

I will acknowledge like most inventive folks I am passionate and intense. I was extremely frustrated that when you arrived at my residence at the expense of each Warner Brothers and myself you hadn’t written a single word of a script or even an outline immediately after 15 months of analysis, meetings, discussions and the outpouring of my heartfelt vision for this story. I did react a lot more strongly than I really should have. I promptly sent you a written apology, the colorful words of which you apparently now locate offensive. Let me now clearly apologize to you and your family in the simplest of terms.

Contrary to your assertion that I was only developing Maccabees to burnish my tarnished reputation, I have been working on this project for over 10 years and it was publicly announced 8 years ago. I completely want to make this film it is just that neither Warner Brothers nor I want to make this film based on your script.

Honestly, Joe, not only was the script delivered later than you promised, each Warner Brothers and I were extraordinarily disappointed with the draft. In 25 years of script development I have in no way noticed a much more substandard very first draft or a much more significant waste of time. The decision not to proceed with you was based on the high quality of your script, not on any other aspect.

I think that we can agree that this must be our last communication.


It does sound like Gibson will continue to pursue The Maccabees independently, most most likely with the help of a different screenwriter. However, this is obviously far more negative publicity for Gibson, whose upcoming film Get the Gringo hits VOD on Could 1st. How numerous much more mishaps can his profession possibly withstand?

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