Mel Gibson Goes Apocalypto

By Garth Franklin Friday July 22nd 2005 12:15AM

Mel Gibson has finally set his next directorial project after last year's mega success with "The Passion of the Christ" reports Variety.

Gibson wrote the script and will direct the non-religious "Apocalypto" which begins production in October in Mexico for a summer 2006 release. Disney has won a bidding war to distribute the film domestically which Gibson's company, Icon, will handle foreign territories. In winning the deal, Disney had to commit to stringent distribution terms for the project which Gibson will fully finance and thus have full creative control over.

Gibson will not star in "Apocalypto" and may not use a star for the film, which is set in an ancient civilization some 3,000 years ago. The title is a Greek term which means "an unveiling" or "new beginning." Consistent with such Gibson films as "Braveheart" and "Passion," the script depicts abundant action and violence. Gibson has already begun pre-production; he is setting locations and has already begun casting.

Thanks to 'Willy'.