Lionsgate Buys Mel Gibson’s ‘Blood Father’ for U.S. Release

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Lionsgate has bought U.S. distribution rights to action-thriller “Blood Father,” starring Mel Gibson.

Jean-Francois Richet directed “Blood Father” from a script by Peter Craig (“The Town”), who adapted his novel of the same name. The film was shot in the late spring in New Mexico.

Gibson plays an ex-con who reunites with his estranged 16-year-old daughter, and vows to protect her from the drug dealers who are trying to kill her. The daughter is played by Erin Moriarty, who portrayed Woody Harrelson’s daughter in HBO’s “True Detective.”

Elisabeth Rohm, William H. Macy and Diego Luna also star.

Why Not Productions produced. Wild Bunch launched international sales at Cannes.

Gibson and Andrew Garfield have been in talks to come on board World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge.” If the deals go through, Gibson will direct the movie, based on the life of Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector to win the Congressional Medal of Honor, for saving dozens of soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa while serving as a medic.

Lionsgate handled 2011’s “The Beaver,” starring Gibson, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster with Foster directing.

News of the Lionsgate deal was first reported by

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  1. Clem says:

    Everyone should watch Desomd Doss’ documentary on youtube; it is the most fascinating stories ever. I was mesmerized by him and his buddies telling what really happened. This film will be totally awesome, especially with Mel directing it. Doss was AMAZING.

  2. Alvino says:

    I worked background on the Set of Blood Father and Mel was a cool guy.. I actually talked with him briefly and Thanked him for the movie, Passion of Christ.

  3. Anthony says:

    One of the best actors ever!!!

  4. lejardin says:

    Why are people still watching Mel Gibson films? The guy’s an antisemitic, drunk, girlfriend-beating half-wit gutterball!

    • Matt says:

      Maybe you could judge yourself in a mirror before casting hatred at Mel Gibson for some stupid remarks he made which he has subsequently apologized for. For the record, he is not anti-semitic, and if your litmus test involves people being sometimes drunk and doing stupid things, then you basically hate everyone in Hollywood and throughout most of the world. Except for yourself of course, because you’re perfect.

      • LP Hugo says:

        Very well said !

      • Jedi77 says:

        Matt, for the record, you or I don’t know the first thing about whether or not Mel Gibson is anti-semitic, so lets leave that one alone.

        And with regards as to apologizing for something, that doesn’t make what you did okay in the first place, you know.

        Do agree with you on the “then you basically hate everyone in Hollywood and throughout most of the world” thing, though. We all have some kind of inner demons and make mistakes or say horrible things sometimes. It’s part of being a human being. Celebrities just happen to have a much larger audience for their mistakes than the rest of us, and I think we should remember that when judging them.

    • jedi77 says:

      Because, as much I hate myself for doing it, I separate an artists work from his personal life.
      Like watching a rapist like Mike Tyson in the Hangover films, or watching an episode of The Cosby Show.

      Sometimes you have to make a choice to separate the artist from his work. Otherwise, how could you, in all honesty, watch anything at all?

      And let’s not get started on the paintings hung i museums all over the world by mysoginist painters like Picasso or Klimt. Or the praise heaped upon the writings of the equally mysoginistic Normal Mailer.
      Many artists are not perfect, and if you think they should be, your entertainment and cultural life will end up being very limited.

    • Ger Kennelly says:

      Hollywood gives oscars to paedophiles roman polanski and woody allen
      i love mel

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