Gibson’s Judah Maccabee Film On Hold

Warner Bros. Pictures have put Mel Gibson’s biopic of Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee on hold says Heat Vision.

The studio has reportedly rejected the screenplay by Joe Eszterhas (“Basic Instinct,” “Showgirls”) which was submitted to them this week. Gibson, who will produce through his Icon Productions, was reportedly waiting for the screenplay to be completed to decide whether he would either direct or act in the film.

Maccabee, his father and four brothers teamed to lead the revolt against the Greek-Syrian armies that had conquered Judea in 2nd century BC.

Despite the rejection, the project isn’t dead at this point – the studio has not yet decided whether to move forward with more development or to scrap it altogether.