Mel Gibson is currently in talks to direct Hacksaw Ridge, a World War II action/drama, based on the true story of Desmond T. Doss, a soldier who achieved a Congressional Medal of Honor, despite his refusal to kill or carry weapons of any sort. In addition, Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider‑Man) is in negotiations to play Doss.
Doss was a private made himself a legend when he saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa. He helped evacuate the wounded near enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers on the field, and in one overnight battle, was wounded by a grenade and later hit by a sniper while saving grunts. Doss also received two Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts.”
If Gibson tackles Hacksaw Ridge, it will mark his first directorial gig since 2006’s Apocalypto. Gibson’s next film, Blood Father – a thriller about an ex-con who reunites with his estranged wayward 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her – will be released in 2015.
With the break in filming of the Spider-Man trilogy, it’s refreshing to see Garfield taking on more challenging roles. He received rave reviews for 99 Homes, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival this past year & will next be seen in the Martin Scorsese religious drama Silence.