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Monday
Mar152010

Mel Gibson's upcoming Viking film may be his last

Mel Gibson is going to direct an epic Viking film starring Leonardo DiCaprio...then he may retire. In an interview with the LA Times, Gibson discussed his dream project.

“It was the first movie I ever thought about making," Gibson said. "I saw it in my mind back when I was teenager. Seriously, it’s the first movie I wanted to make. And I think it will be the last film I direct. It’s the thing I have been going toward, in a way, since I was young, and I think when it’s done I may be finished.”

His friends and colleagues disagree, however, arguing that he is too restless to ever fully retire. I'd agree. I'm not sure why people feel the need to say they're retiring all the time. I suppose I won't figure that out until I hit that age (and am super famous). In any case, Gibson seems very excited about his new Viking film. Bill Monahan, who penned The Departed and the disappointing Edge of Darkness, will script the film. 

"We're going hammer and tongs on the script right now,” Gibson said. “When I was 16, learning about the history of the English language I became fascinated with Vikings. And I imagined what they would sound like, how would they talk and that’s what I will be going for in this film. It’s a challenge though. There's never been a good Viking film, not that I've seen. I think I have found the right way to get into it, though, but I don’t want to say too much. The real problem is making those guys sympathetic. They were monsters."

Interesting. The producer, Graham King, also made note that the upcoming film is not going to be supernatural, like the upcoming Thor movie from Marvel. It's a good article. Thanks to Get The Big Picture for the image and link to the LA Times story.