You will be redirected back to your article in seconds
Back to IndieWire

Joe Eszterhas Turns His Scary Encounter With Mel Gibson Into An eBook ‘Heaven And Mel’

Joe Eszterhas Turns His Scary Encounter With Mel Gibson Into An eBook 'Heaven And Mel'

The last credit Joe Eszterhas has for screenplay work is in 2006, for the Hungarian film “Children Of Glory” (he also got his name on “Basic Instinct 2” for creating the characters). And while he made brief headlines last year when his new script “Lust” got music video helmer Hype Williams attached, nothing has been heard since. In fact, he’s now most famous for being on the unfortunate end of a Mel Gibson tirade, one that he used to help boost the profile of The Wrap who breathlessly and desperate wrung every drop out of the story (and of course, reported on this). And now, he’s written a 30,000 word book about the ordeal. We’re not fucking kidding.

Brilliantly titled “Heaven And Mel,” Eszterhas says of the book, “On a human level it’s a great story, and it can’t be told in a nine-page letter. Much of it is amusing, some of it is very serious and has to do with anti-Semitism and questions of values. But mostly it’s just very human. I view it as a terrific tale.” That’s one way to look at it. Another way to look at it is as an excuse to publish emails from Mel Gibson, which apparently this will include, featuring such out of context quotes as: “JUST GOT BOUNCED OFF HANGOVER. NO ONE WILL TELL ME WHY. THIS TOWN SUCKS!” Truly riveting.

At least this won’t cost you too much, with Kindle Single selling for a mere $2.99. In case you care, Amazon will release this on June 6th and we suppose it will be good, trashy, exploitative, unnecessary summer reading for the beach. No word yet if Mel’s lawyers are at the ready, but we presume this isn’t the last we’ll hear on this story. 

This Article is related to: News and tagged ,



Joe, you couldn't possibly be more of an immature tool. Give it a rest, grow up and just stay in Ohio or wherever the hell you are these days.


Joe says "I view it as a terrific tale." A "tale" is FICTION. And this from a man who made the self-righteous claim of wanting to "help" Gibson because he's troubled. Gibson is troubled because he has nasty people around him who want to make money by selling out-of-context private recordings and other lies about his private life. What a shameful thing to do to another human being.


what a loser and wastes of time is guy is.


Eszterhas himself need help as he has his own personal issues. That's the first, and the second thing is that Eszterhas has no life anymore. He's really pissed, and he is to blame for what happened not Mel or Warner Bros. Joe took a year to finish the script and then turned in late. Oh, he turned in a bad work late by the way, which Warner Bros. could not tolerate. So, they decided to trash the script. Mel, on the other hand has all the right to be upset and ignore Joe for ruining the script. So, when Mel ignores Joe. Joe gets mad and decides to publish a letter to THE WRAP.

Old news, folks. Move on. Eszterhas has no life, and he's trying to stir the mess that Mel was in few years ago. I cannot wait actually to see Mel taking Joe to court. That will be fun.


Screw Prometheus; I'm just going to download and read this all next week.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *