Gibson is on board to helm “Hacksaw Ridge,” based on the true story of a war hero named Desmond T. Doss, who would be played by Garfield if the deal gets sealed, reports THR.
Drafted in 1942, Doss refused to bear arms and eventually became a medic — and a pariah among other soldiers for his beliefs as a conscientious objector. He won the Medal of Honor in 1945 for aiding 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa, yanking wounded men from enemy lines and sustaining critical injuries while unarmed. 13 years in the works, the film was originally slated at Disney, with “We Were Soldiers,” an earnest 2002 Vietnam War pic starring Gibson, director Randall Wallace on board. Cross Creek Pictures is currently attached to this latest iteration.
Back in summer 2014 at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Anne video-interviewed Gibson, pressing him “on why he doesn’t go ahead and self-finance another directing effort. He has dug in his heels about not doing that. While his non-stop action film ‘Apocalypto,’ which his ‘Mad Max’ director George Miller wants to outdo on ‘Fury Road,’ didn’t make money, his modestly budgeted $30-million ‘The Passion of the Christ’ made him millions. No, Gibson wants decent budgets from the studios or from foreign sales pre-buys, he says.”
If “Hacksaw Ridge” happens, this would be Gibson’s first directorial effort since “Apocalypto” in 2006. Watch the Karlovy Vary video interview below: