Mel Gib­son eyes Kamikaze war thriller ‘De­stroyer’ as next di­rect­ing gig

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Gib­son is also be­ing courted for a role in ‘The Six Bil­lion Dol­lar Man.’ Mel Gib­son is ready­ing an­other trip be­hind the cam­era.

Gib­son will helm De­stroyer, a World War II naval war movie from Hol­ly­wood Gang Pro­duc­tions, mak­ing the project his fol­low-up to Hack­saw Ridge, the 2016 war drama that served as his di­rec­to­rial come­back.

The tim­ing of De­stroyer - the fall is a pos­si­bil­ity - is in flux as Gib­son is also be­ing courted for a role op­po­site Mark Wahlberg in The Six Bil­lion Dol­lar Man, Warner Bros.’ big-screen take on the 1970s tele­vi­sion se­ries.

Six Bil­lion Dol­lar Man is due to be­gin shoot­ing in late sum­mer and go into the fall, which could push Gib­son’s plans into the win­ter.

De­stroyer is based on the non­fic­tion book Hell From the Heav­ens: The Epic Story of the USS Laf­fey and World War II’s Great­est Kamikaze At­tack by John Wukovits. Ros­alind Ross, who worked on the TV se­ries Mata­dor and is Gib­son’s long­time girl­friend, wrote the script.

Just as Hack­saw Ridge dealt with the Bat­tle of Ok­i­nawa in the Pa­cific The­ater dur­ing World War II, De­stroyer also tack­les the sub­ject, although from a dif­fer­ent an­gle. Hell From the Heav­ens tells the heroic story of how the crew­men of the Laf­fey de­fended their ship from an as­tound­ing 22 kamikaze at­tacks on April 16, 1945.

As for Six Bil­lion Dol­lar Man, it is un­clear what role Gib­son is wanted for. Wahlberg is play­ing Col. Steve Austin, a downed pilot who is saved by an op­er­a­tion that makes him part ma­chine. Sources say Wahlberg is push­ing for Gib­son after work­ing with him on the Para­mount com­edy Daddy’s Home 2, in which the pair played fa­ther and son.

Gib­son is repped by CAA and Hansen Ja­cob­son.


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