Can Mel come back? Maybe overseas if not domestic.
Vincent Miraval’s French sales and production company Wild Bunch has added “Blood Father,” starring tarnished one-time A-lister Mel Gibson, to its Cannes market slate of titles to shop. Per Variety, distributors have “been salivating” at the possibility that the film could land in the market.
The title is reportedly in the “Taken” vein of action films, a top seller at festivals over the past couple years. It follows Gibson as an ex-con who becomes re-connected with his estranged daughter (Erin Moriarty of “True Detective”) when she is gravely threatened by drug mobsters. It’s set to film in New Mexico in May, with Jean-Francois Richet directing from a script by novelist Peter Craig (who also adapted Ben Affleck’s “The Town”).