Gibson said: "It was the first movie I ever thought about making. I saw it in my mind back when I was teenager. Seriously, it's the first movie I wanted to make. And I think it will be the last film I direct. It's the thing I have been going toward, in a way, since I was young, and I think when it's done I may be finished." The comment still leaves the door open for acting, but as the Times writes: "the 54-year-old sounded as if his Viking epic might be a fitting farewell to his Hollywood life." Then again, the paper notes that people close to Gibson think he'll never be able to give up his passion for cinema, so this will come down to what reigns supreme -- ties to Hollywood or the desire for a neat, wrapped-up end to his showbiz career.
For now, he's zeroing in on the story, as he believes Hollywood has never made a good Viking movie. Producer Graham King says: "This is not going to be a cheap movie to make by any stretch of the imagination. We've got to make it interesting to a worldwide audience. To me, the greatest thing about this is we don't have a book or a familiar story -- we had a couple of guys doing a month and a half of research on all of the different Viking stories that are out there. We had that research when we went in the room and we had Mel driving that train during the meeting. So we sat there five or six hours and then we had another meeting and it was the same thing. And after that we felt we had a sufficient enough story and material to go off and write the script for a movie."
Should a grand and noteworthy Viking epic be Gibson's last Hollywood hurrah? If it's done right, it would be a nice way out of the system, especially since Gibson's still struggling in his post-police drama career -- it's been six weeks since Edge of Darkness came out, and the film has only managed to make back half its money. (Although I think The Beaver might change that bad luck a little bit.)
So, what do you think? Should Gibson go out with a big mug of mead? (Pun not intended.)