Gibson's project is set up at Warner Bros., but the script -- by 'Basic Instinct' screenwriter Joe Eszterhas -- is still in development. Despite his past, Gibson explained that he was inspired by the story of Maccabee, which features Old Testament-style battles involving elephants and a lead character who "just snapped."
Naturally, Jewish leaders have not been happy with Gibson's plans to tell the story, calling the project "an insult to Jews." Rabbi Marvin Hier of Los Angeles's Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance said, "Casting him as a director or perhaps as the star of Judah Maccabee is like casting Madoff to be the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, or a white supremacist as trying to portray Martin Luther King Jr."
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