It's been known for a while that Mel Gibson was location scouting in Veracruz, Mexico for his next directorial project. Just what that project was nobody really knew, but now some details have leaked and it turns out Mel has a thing for the Vikings, and that Leonardo DiCaprio is involved.
At this point all anyone really knows is that the movie is an "untitled period drama set in the world of Viking culture" that's going to star Leonardo DiCaprio, though it's hard not to be at least a little disappointed that it's not going to star Gibson instead. After Braveheart everyone would love to see him in a period piece again that he stars in and directs.
Variety says the Viking film is expected to begin shooting in fall of 2010, and that it will be the next directorial effort for Gibson. The Departed’s William Monahan is scripting. Those are all the details we’ve really, got, though the trade says the film “will be as unsparing as Gibson’s other period directing efforts.”
It's not clear whether Gibson's scouting in Veracruz actually has anything to do with this Viking project, or if it's more related to another film he's involved with titled The Drowner. Everything's still a little murky right now. All we really know is that, after a brief period of exile, Gibson looks to be back in top form and busy as ever.
So which film should we be most excited about? Despite the fact that Viking films haven't had the best representation in Hollywood recently (between Beowulf and Outlander, there hasn't been much to love), Gibson's project seems like it has the best shot of success within period movies about Vikings. DiCaprio is pretty hit-or-miss as an actor, but paired up with Gibson (and away from Scorsese, at least for a while) seems like it could be an interesting combination of talent.
Only time, and trailers, will tell whether or not this film is going to have what it takes.
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