You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Writer revises ‘Passion’ lawsuit

Suit seeks at least $10 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A screenwriter’s lawsuit seeking higher payments from Mel Gibson and others for “The Passion of the Christ” has just completed its first edit.

The suit was originally filed in February. A judge ordered attorneys for screenwriter Benedict Fitzgerald to rewrite the complaint last month, saying it lacked specificity and seemed to take a “chain letter” approach.

Fitzgerald’s lawyers filed their rewrite Monday against Gibson, Icon Productions, Marquis Films and others over payments for the screenplay. The suit seeks at least $10 million, claiming that Gibson and others vastly understated the budget for the 2004 blockbuster.

Fitzgerald claims the result is that he was underpaid for his work on the film, which he says began in 2001. His suit also claims that Gibson told him the actor didn’t want to make any money off the film because he considered it “a personal gift to his faith.”Fitzgerald’s amended suit seeks portions of the proceeds from home video, cable and other distribution outlets.

More Film

  • Rex Pickett

    Rex Pickett's Drama 'Repairman' Moving Forward as a Movie

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A screenwriter’s lawsuit seeking higher payments from Mel Gibson and others for “The Passion of the Christ” has just completed its first edit. The suit was originally filed in February. A judge ordered attorneys for screenwriter Benedict Fitzgerald to rewrite the complaint last month, saying it lacked specificity and seemed to […]

  • moviepass card

    MoviePass Sues Subscription Rival Sinemia for Patent Infringement

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A screenwriter’s lawsuit seeking higher payments from Mel Gibson and others for “The Passion of the Christ” has just completed its first edit. The suit was originally filed in February. A judge ordered attorneys for screenwriter Benedict Fitzgerald to rewrite the complaint last month, saying it lacked specificity and seemed to […]

  • Octavia Spencer Isabela Moner

    Octavia Spencer, Isabela Moner Join Mark Wahlberg's 'Instant Family'

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A screenwriter’s lawsuit seeking higher payments from Mel Gibson and others for “The Passion of the Christ” has just completed its first edit. The suit was originally filed in February. A judge ordered attorneys for screenwriter Benedict Fitzgerald to rewrite the complaint last month, saying it lacked specificity and seemed to […]

  • Gabrielle Carteris SAG AFRA PRESIDENT

    SAG-AFTRA's Gabrielle Carteris Blasts Ruling on Actor-Age Censorship Law

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A screenwriter’s lawsuit seeking higher payments from Mel Gibson and others for “The Passion of the Christ” has just completed its first edit. The suit was originally filed in February. A judge ordered attorneys for screenwriter Benedict Fitzgerald to rewrite the complaint last month, saying it lacked specificity and seemed to […]

  • Bat Girl Directors Search

    Why a Female Director Can Give Us the 'Batgirl' We Deserve

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A screenwriter’s lawsuit seeking higher payments from Mel Gibson and others for “The Passion of the Christ” has just completed its first edit. The suit was originally filed in February. A judge ordered attorneys for screenwriter Benedict Fitzgerald to rewrite the complaint last month, saying it lacked specificity and seemed to […]

  • Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER..L to R:

    'Black Panther' Eyes Fifth-Highest-Grossing Second Weekend at U.S. Box Office

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A screenwriter’s lawsuit seeking higher payments from Mel Gibson and others for “The Passion of the Christ” has just completed its first edit. The suit was originally filed in February. A judge ordered attorneys for screenwriter Benedict Fitzgerald to rewrite the complaint last month, saying it lacked specificity and seemed to […]

  • Film Movement Nabs U.S. Rights to

    Film Movement Takes U.S. Rights to 'Egon Schiele,' 'Welcome to Germany' (EXCLUSIVE)

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A screenwriter’s lawsuit seeking higher payments from Mel Gibson and others for “The Passion of the Christ” has just completed its first edit. The suit was originally filed in February. A judge ordered attorneys for screenwriter Benedict Fitzgerald to rewrite the complaint last month, saying it lacked specificity and seemed to […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content