Oy Vey! Mel's Next Film's About Jewish Warrior
He's producing story of Judah Maccabee
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2011 4:10 AM CDT
Actor Mel Gibson will produce a movie about Judas Maccabee and the revolt against the Seleucid Empire.   (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

(Newser) – Five years after Mel Gibson derailed his career with a DUI arrest and infamous anti-Semitic rant, the actor's attempt at returning to the Hollywood pantheon has taken a rather ironic turn: Gibson will produce a movie about one of the greatest Jewish warriors of all time, Judah Maccabee, reports Deadline. From a script by Basic Instinct scribe Joe Eszterhas, the Warner Bros. movie will tell the story of the man who led the famous revolt in the second century BCE against the Seleucid Empire, giving us Hanukkah.