Mad Max takes on Christ

2002-09-22 10:52

Los Angeles - Mel Gibson is set to direct a movie about Christ's last 12 hours, played out entirely in the ancient tongues of Latin and Aramaic, US media reported on Saturday.

Gibson, a devout Catholic who has titled the film Passion, said filming in the ancient languages would lend the movie greater authenticity.

"For me that's more real and hopefully I'll be able to transcend language barriers with filmic storytelling," Gibson told ABC News, which reported the story on it website.

"No one wants to touch something in two dead languages. They think I'm insane - maybe I am," the Australian actor joked.

Shooting will take place at the Cinecitta studios just outside Rome and cave-riddled Matera in southern Italy.

"It's very visual and it's about something that has ... affected civilisation in every possible way you can imagine," the 46-year old actor said of the age-old Christ story.

Gibson has starred in the blockbuster Mad Maxseries, Braveheart and more recently, Signs. - Sapa-AFP