Mel Gibson returns with Edge of Darkness

Mel GibsonIt’s been four years since his last film (Paparazzi) and six since his last starring roles (Signs, We Were Soldiers), but Mel Gibson is officially stepping out of the director’s chair and back onto the screen. Variety has announced that Gibson is signed on to star in a remake of the 1985 television miniseries Edge of Darkness.

Martin Campbell (Casino Royale), who directed the six hour BBC miniseries, will direct. The film will be written and produced by William Monohan and Graham King, respectively. The two last worked together on The Departed.

Gibson is reportedly a great fan of the miniseries, and will play “a straitlaced police investigator whose activist daughter is killed. He plunges into the case and uncovers systemic corruption that led to his daughter’s death.”

Gibson’s choice of the role is especially noteworthy, given the length of time he has remained, by choice, off screen. Between his obsessive directorial activities and his DUI (and subsequent comments), one wonders if there isn’t some possible significance to his decision return to acting with this film, as opposed to the Sam and George or Under and Alone, which Gibson has had next-at-bat for years. But what? Could it be the chance to not only work on a remake of a miniseries he loved, but underneath the Oscar-winning producers of one of the best films of the past few years? Could be. And if Gibson comes to the film with his A-game, it should be worth it.

Posted on April 30, 2008 at 23:35 by JasonS@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Tom
    on 2008-05-03 at 05:50

    (Beware Spoilers for mini-series and possibly the movie aswell)

    I’m not sure how I feel about this news.
    I think I mixture of “That’ll be good”, “Now it all falls into place…” and “How the hell are they going to pull that off”

    “That’ll be good” because it was a amazingly good mini-series that I enjoyed imensely as soon as I saw the first episode.

    “Now it all falls into place” becasue I’ve been looking for the region 4 DVD of this for ages but can’t find a copy. Makes sense that if your putting out a remake that you hide the original so no one can see it and therefore no unfavourable comparisons can ne made if any.

    “How the hell are they going to pull that off” because of certain events that would normally put off actors from playing the role Inspector Craven and audiences not likeing the direction that was taken in terms of story. I wish I could explain it better but I really don’t want to reveal the end to the story, but it’s not a happy hollywood style ending.

  2. Written by Gordon
    on 2008-05-04 at 10:36

    You can bet the mini will come out sometime close to the movie’s theatrical or DVD release.

    As for the non-Hollywood ending, that’s probably what attracted Mel to the project in the first place. He has plenty of money; he doesn’t need to act ever again unless it’s for a project that truly interests him.

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