Shalom Life | July 22, 2014

Warner Bros. Comes to It's Senses, Stops Production on Mel Gibson’s Maccabee

The controversial project about the Jewish hero has been halted

By: David Shear

Published: April 11th, 2012 in Culture » Film » News

Warner Bros. Comes to It's Senses, Stops Production on Mel Gibson’s Maccabee

Warner Bros. has stopped production on Mel Gibson’s controversial movie project about Judah Maccabee, according to TheWrap.

The story of Maccabee is a meaningful one, following a hero whose victory over the Greek and Syrian armies during 2ndCentry B.C. is still celebrated today during Hanukkah.

According to the studio, the movie was put on hold after reading the script by writer Joe Eszterhas, which was delivered to Warner Bros. in late February. Warner production president Greg Silverman described it as lacking in “feeling” and “a sense of triumph,” according to TheWrap.

News first broke out in September that Gibson had reached a production deal with Warner’s to direct the film. Jewish groups were understandably upset. The American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants called the choice a “moral lapse of judgment.”

It is good to see Warner Bros. coming to its senses, even if the production was publicly paused for the wrong reason. It’s difficult for Jews to digest the idea of a person who previously had accused Jews of being responsible for all the world’s wars, telling the story of greatest of all Jewish war victories.

Backstreet Boys Cancel All Three Sold-Out Shows in Israel Backstreet Boys Cancel All Three Sold-Out Shows in Israel TrendingAdam Levine is Officially Married, Jonah Hill Officiated Adam Levine is Officially Married, Jonah Hill Officiated TrendingWoody Allen Shares His Thoughts on The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Woody Allen Shares His Thoughts on The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Trending
 

Robert Downey Jr. Is Still The Highest Paid Actor in Hollywood

July 22, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Robert Downey Jr. Is Still The Highest Paid Actor in Hollywood

The 'Iron Man' star raked in $75 million last year.

Read More

Woody Allen Appears On His First-Ever Podcast

July 22, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Woody Allen Appears On His First-Ever Podcast

The famed director spoke to Josh Horowitz, admitting he doesn't even know what a podcast is.

Read More

‘Louie’ Renewed For a Fifth Season, Only 7 Episodes

July 22, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
‘Louie’ Renewed For a Fifth Season, Only 7 Episodes

FX has announced another season on Louis C.K's popular show

Read More

The Love Jewce: Third Time's A Charm

July 22, 2014 | By Andria Kaplan
The Love Jewce: Third Time's A Charm

Sometimes you can't get to know someone after one fateful meeting on Instagram. Sometimes, it takes a few tries

Read More

CNN Poll Shows Most Americans Side with Israel

July 22, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
CNN Poll Shows Most Americans Side with Israel

A new poll shows that the majority of U.S. citizens agree with Israel's right to defend itself against Hamas

Read More

Study: 80% of British Jews Feel They Are Being Blamed for Gaza Conflict

July 22, 2014 | By ShalomLife Team
Study: 80% of British Jews Feel They Are Being Blamed for Gaza Conflict

"Most respondents (over three-quarters) maintained that they hear the Israel/Nazi parallel in Britain at least occasionally"

Read More

European Officials Condemn anti-Semitic Rallies

July 22, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
European Officials Condemn anti-Semitic Rallies

Foreign ministers from Germany, France and Italy will fight "acts and statements that cross the line to anti-Semitism"

Read More

Ron Dermer: Give the IDF A Nobel Peace Prize

July 22, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Ron Dermer: Give the IDF A Nobel Peace Prize

'Israeli soldiers are dying so that innocent Palestinians can live,' says the Israeli Ambassador to the US in a statement Tuesday

Read More

More Headlines