Gibson to helm ‘Brave Heart’

Mel Gibson has been signed to direct “Brave Heart,” a Scottish epic to be produced through Alan Ladd’s production banner at Paramount Pictures.

Gibson is unlikely to also star in the pic, but no final decision has been made on that.

Scripted by Randall Wallace, the period pic is about the life of William Wallace, who is considered the country’s biggest hero.

The film is described as “the life of Scottish hero (Wallace), who leads an uprising against the king of England only to be betrayed by his own countrymen.”

Ladd inked a three-year pact with Par last August, and this would be the first greenlighted pic for the Ladd Co. under the deal. At the time, the former MGM chief said he would produce at least four films per year at Par.

Gibson made his directorial debut with “The Man Without a Face,” released last year by Warner Bros. through a deal with Gibson’s Icon Prods. He has completed work on “Maverick,” which is slated for a Memorial Day release, and will also star in “The Northmen,” which Warner’s is positioning for a Christmas release.

While no start date was available for “Brave Heart,” sources said it would go before the cameras soon.

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