CATEGORIES Action, Drama, Independent, Thrillers, Casting, Deals, Scripts, Newsstand, Movie News, CinematicalWell, I think it's safe to say that Mel Gibson is back. Yesterday, the trades announced that he would go behind the camera again, and direct Leonardo DiCaprio in a historical Viking drama. But before he goes North, he plans to go South, and do a lengthy and ugly stint behind bars. Variety reports that Gibson is set to star in How I Spent My Summer Vacation, an action-thriller penned by the actor himself. However, he won't step behind the camera for this one, but will hand directorial duties to his protege, Adrian Grunberg.
Vacation centers on a career criminal who is finally arrested by Mexican authorities, and thrown into a violent, drug-filled prison. Despite his ugly past, he's not the sort of hard man who can just adapt to that situation. Instead, he must rely on the help of a 9-year-old boy to survive. I imagine they'll bond, Gibson will redeem himself and rediscover his humanity (but probably not before being tortured) and they'll escape the hell of Mexico's prison system together. At least, I hope that's how it ends. I can't take another Gibson movie that ends on a high note of dismemberment and sacrifice.
Gibson has been scouring locations for months. You may have even seen a bunch of "What's Gibson doing in a Mexican prison?" stories flit across the blogosphere, as it was reported one Veracruz prison would empty its inhabitants so he could film there. He'll be financing and producing the film himself under his trusty Icon Productions banner. The film begins shooting in March. Let's cautiously look forward to it. A good action-thriller is always welcome, isn't it?