Lionsgate Buys US Rights to Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge

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The Hollywood ReporterMel Gibson has revealed that Lionsgate is in final talks for North American rights to Hacksaw Ridge, Academy Award-winner Mel Gibson’s next outing as a director which will star Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man films).

First announced back in November, this marks the fifth film behind the camera for Gibson (The Passion of The Christ, Apocalypto), telling the true WWII story of Corporal Desmond Doss (Garfield), the first conscientious objector to receive the US congressional Medal of Honor after acts of bravery and sacrifice saving 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa.

Hacksaw Ridge is scripted by Robert Schenkkan and Randall Wallace, the latter of whom wrote Braveheart for Gibson and directed him in the Vietnam film We Were Soldiers. Terry Benedict, Bill Mechanic, Steve Longi and David Permut are all attached to produce, with a reported budget of $45 million dollars.