Mel Gibson is finishing up on his Pacific War movie ‘Hacksaw Rirdge’. And Gibson said that the film, his first in the director’s chair since 2006’s Apocalypto, will be largely unadorned with digital effects.
“We did do some digital stuff, and I’m getting more and more comfortable with that, although I don’t dig it. I like to do stuff actual, in-camera. We had devices on this I hadn’t seen before, so it made the combat stuff really cool. It’s pretty brutal, but that’s the nature of it.”
The release date has been moved up to November 4th, into awards season. This has been prompted by highly positive feedback.
Deadline hears that the film tested through the roof and the best place for this title which has equal parts drama, action and faith-based nuances is right in the heart of the awards fall season.
Good to hear but I don’t know if a Mel Gibson movie is going to pick up any awards, even if it’s a masterpiece. But you know, who cares. George C. Scott famously sat at home when they were giving him an Oscar, and they’re worse now than they were then.
In the movie, WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.