Hollywood legend Mel Gibson hasn’t directed a film in eight years. The Lethal Weapon star directed Apocalypto in 2006 and The Passion of the Christ, which was an enormous box office hit in 2004, but after his arrest for drunk driving which led to an anti-Semitic outburst against the arresting officer, Gibson hasn’t sat in the director’s chair — until now.
Mel Gibson will direct Hacksaw Ridge, a WWII drama based on the true story of Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, a Seventh-Day Adventist who became the first conscientious objector to win a US Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on the battlefield. Although he refused to carry a weapon he was credited with saving the lives of 75 men during the battle of Okinawa. Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man) will star. The screenplay is written by Robert Schenkkan who is best known for his play The Kentucky Cycle, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1992.