EXCLUSIVE: Academy Award-winning actor, director, producer and screenwriter Mel Gibson has signed with APA.
Gibson had been at CAA, however left after the exit of his major brokers Jack Whigham and Michael Cooper. They went to Range Media Partners. Gibson moved to APA to hitch president Jim Osborne, who began his profession as one in every of iconic ICM agent Ed Limato’s protege assistants. Limato was Gibson’s agent endlessly. Gibson went with Limato to WME however parted firm with the company after Limato died, within the wake of controversial feedback the actor/director made at a troubled interval in his life. He spent a number of years regaining his footing when he was managed by former CAA honcho Rick Nicita. When Nicita retired, Gibson went to CAA.
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Gibson has been busy. He at the moment stars in three upcoming characteristic movies: the Tim Kirkby-directed motion/thriller Last Looks reverse Morena Baccarin and Charlie Hunnam; the Eshom and Ian Nelms-directed comedy Fatman, reverse Walter Goggins and Marianne Jean-Baptiste for Saban Films; and the Joe Carnahan-directed sci-fi motion/thriller Boss Level, reverse Annabelle Wallis and Fran Grillo. Other current credit embody the crime drama Dragged Across Concrete reverse Vince Vaughn, and the comedy Daddy’s Home 2, reverse Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.
As a filmmaker, Gibson is growing a number of initiatives. At Warner Bros, he cowrote and can direct the remake of The Wild Bunch based mostly on the unique 1969 movie directed by Sam Peckinpah. Deadline broke in 2019 that Michael Fassbender, Jamie Foxx and Peter Dinklage have been the actors he had prepared to participate, however that was earlier than the pandemic scrambled all the things. Gibson is coming off the 2016 historic drama Hacksaw Ridge, a movie that grossed over $180 million worldwide and obtained six Oscar nominations and received two. The noms included Best Picture and Best Director. Before that Gibson directed the 2006 Mayan thriller Apocalypto, the 2004 blockbuster The Passion of the Christ, and earlier than that the 1995 historic drama, Braveheart, which received the Best Picture Oscar and the Best Director prize for Gibson.
Beyond that, Gibson has a number of initiatives percolating. He’ll star in Leon From Toledo, as a former hitman from the KC mob in witness safety whose reminiscence is failing; Lethal Weapon 5, a continuation of the blockbuster Warner Bros franchise that has director Richard Donner returning, a script by Channing Gibson and Danny Glover and Rene Russo poised to return. There can also be the sequel The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection, which Gibson’s Icon is mounting. He’ll direct with Braveheart scribe Randall Wallace they usually have Jim Caviezel poised to return as Jesus Christ, and Maia Morgenstern, Christo Jivkov, and Francesco De Vito hooked up.
Gibson joins an APA, roster that features Gary Oldman, Mary J. Blige, Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson, and Famke Janssen, together with quite a few writers, creators, producers, showrunners, authors, comedians, manufacturing firms, mental properties, artisans and way of life manufacturers. The company is seeking to develop, on the heels of Ron Burkle’s The Yucaipa Companies making a considerable non-equity funding within the diversified expertise company with workplaces in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, Atlanta, Toronto and London.