Shot almost two years ago, it looks like Mel Gibson‘s latest starring effort is finally arriving later this year. Directed by Jean-Francois Richet (Mesrine) from a script by Peter Craig (The Town), Blood Father is an action-thriller about an ex-con tattoo artist named John Link (Gibson) who is forced to go on the run with his teenage daughter, Lydia (Erin Moriarty), to protect her from kill-crazy drug dealers. The film, which also stars the likes of William H. Macy, Michael Parks, Dale Dickey, Raoul Trujillo, and Diego Luna, has finally received a trailer…
It looks pretty great to me! I really enjoyed Richet’s Mesrine duology and even liked his 2005 remake of Assault on Precinct 13*. The man knows his way around an action film, which makes the pairing of him with Gibson an enticing combination. Blood Father looks fairly straight-forward and low key, although still brutal and action-packed. Gibson’s highly-publicized personal problems have pretty much tanked his career as a big budget leading man, but he’s still managed to do a few fun turns in recent years. Get the Gringo was pretty much the stellar Payback sequel that we always wanted, but never got, and his villainous roles in both Machete Kills! and The Expendables 3 were entertaining in very different ways.
I was beginning to wonder if this film would ever see release. After all, it shot in the summer of 2014 and word on it has been rather quiet since it wrapped. The above trailer is for the UK release of the film, which is set for August 25th. There’s no word yet on a U.S. date, but here’s hoping that Lionsgate (who will distribute here) sets one in the near future. This is the kind of film that tends to do well in September, so it’d be nice to see it score a theatrical date then. Whether it will get a wide release or not is anyone’s guess.
Gibson’s next effort after this is another turn in the director’s chair, the Australian war film Hacksaw Ridge. It has been shooting since September and should wrap soon. For now, it appears that he’s remaining entirely behind the camera on the film, which stars Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Vince Vaughn, Luke Bracey, Hugo Weaving, Teresa Palmer, Rachel Griffiths, and Richard Roxburgh.
* – Reportedly the only remake/reboot of his films to date that John Carpenter likes.