Well, this is your “holy shit” news item for the week. Mel “Sugar Tits” Gibson is teaming up with Showgirls scribe Joe Eszterhas on an untitled drama that will tell the story of Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee. Yes, really. Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has set Eszterhas to write the script, and Gibson will be collaborating with him. The Passion of the Christ director will definitely be producing the film, and has the first option to direct if he so chooses.
Maccabee is one of the greatest Jewish warriors in history, as he led a revolt against the Seleucid Empire around 167 BCE in Judea. Gibson recently starred in Jodie Foster’s well-received The Beaver, but the film was still overshadowed by the actor’s personal woes. After being absent from Hollywood for a number of years, Eszterhas is set to return with the sexual thriller Lust. The screenwriter of Basic Instinct and Flashdance wouldn’t be my first choice for a Jewish epic, but this just became the most interesting project currently being developed.