Posted December 19 2005 - 12:21 PM
I couldn't find an existing thread for this summer release, but Entertainment Tonight gave a glimpse of the upcoming teaser.
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| Mel: “What I’m doing is making an action-adventure film of mythic proportions. It's a story about a man and his woman, his child and his father, his community. The man is put in an incredibly heightened, stressful situation...has to overcome tremendous obstacles. So it’s a universal story in that respect....I’m hoping by focusing on this civilization we can analyze ourselves....kind of an anthropological journey.” |
| Scheduled for release in the summer of 2006, the film is set 600 years ago in Central America, before the Spanish conquest, in the midst of the mysterious decline of the Mayan civilization. Dialogue will be spoken in the obscure Mayan dialect of Yucatec, in the same way Gibson used Aramaic and Latin for his religious blockbuster The Passion of the Christ. It will feature a cast of unknown actors culled from Mexico City, the Yucatan and even some American Indians from the United States. The female lead is a young woman from Veracruz, Mexico. |
Gibson will bankroll “Apocalypto” himself (Disney will distribute.) It began shooting in November and was shot almost entirely in the jungle of Mexico’s Veracruz state.
Interesting to note that this will be the second film to dabble in Mayan culture next year (Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain
being the other).