Mel Gibson in Talks to Star in ‘Taken'-Style Action Thriller ‘Blood Father’

Mel Gibson in Talks to Star in 'Taken'-Style Action Thriller 'Blood Father'

Warner Bros.

Jean-Francois Richet (“Mesrine”) will direct the film, which is based on “The Town” writer Peter Craig's novel

In his first leading role since “Get the Gringo,” Mel Gibson is in talks to star in “Blood Father,” an action-thriller in the vein of “Taken,” an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap.

Peter Craig wrote the script, which is based on his first novel. Craig is best known for writing Ben Affleck‘s crime movie “The Town.” He has also worked on the screenplays for “Top Gun 2” and “Bad Boys 3.”

Also read: From Robert DeNiro to Mel Gibson, How Robert Rodriguez Gets Those Wild Castings

Story follows a strung-out teen named Lydia who witnesses her boyfriend commit a brutal murder. Gibson is being sought to play her estranged father, a former Hells Angel and ex-con who's trying to stay sober while running a tattoo parlor from his trailer home. When the police and her boyfriend's thugs come after Lydia, her father is forced to come to her rescue.

Gibson nearly played a tattooist in “The Hangover Part 2,” though he was ultimately replaced by Nick Cassavetes.

Also read: Head-Scratcher: Deadline's Plea for Mel Gibson Omits TV Show Tie Between Actor, Journalist

Why Not Productions and Chris Briggs are producing “Blood Father,” which is scheduled to start production in May in New Mexico.

Craig is repped by CAA, Management 360, while Gibson is repped by Shanahan Management.

  • Amanda

    edge of daaakness too ?

  • court

    Hopefully this gets a theatrical release and doesn't go straight to Direct TV.

  • Captain Community

    Get ‘em Mel!

    Ok as an action hero myself, I’ve decided to start a public relations campaign for one of MY heroes Mel Gibson.

    The public and press have denigrated this man far to long for these ridiculous drunken statements and private arguments between his Ex wife and others who have been sabotaging and trying to destroy this mans reputation. It’s gone on WAY TO LONG PEOPLE, get over it.

    Mel Gibson is an admirable man from a large family (we were both the 6th born with 11 siblings!) who’s under stress and made some bad comments- but that’s all they are people- bad words. The actions of this man prove he truly is a hero and a good example for Americas children. Because he is deeply religious and has strong moral convictions he’s experienced so much personal guilt and shamefulness about what he did- I believe he’s truly sorry.

    Let’s examine a bit of his career and portfolio as well (compared to other Hollywood actors and scumbags like Phillip Seymour Hoffman who get praised for doing horribly perverse and twisted films). Mel Gibson on the other hand, most of his career has played action heroes who’s looking out and saving the innocent from forces of evil. His characters and career have inspired greatness from other people who have been persecuted (such as myself.)

    Minus the prey of cowards like the press and other members of Hollywood, I do believe he's sorry and has personally suffered tremendously.

    Mel Gibson has suffered severe clinical depression as a result of this- quite frankly I’m worried about him ’cause I think the only dangers he imposes is on himself!

    Not that it matters, but quite frankly Jews ARE responsible for MANY conflicts and other things that have led to wars and bloodshed. Truth is, this is obviously a sensitive issue. In a way, it took alot of courage to make these comments and then explain himself. ‘Cause he’s NOT a real racist and bigot, that’s absurd and his character proves otherwise.

    I live in Ventura County area and I have never met Mel Gibson, but I’ve been a strong supporter of his behind the scenes.

    Mel If your out there, God bless, continue trusting your heat and standing up for what’s right. Your movies will continue to grow and inspire people as you enter a new phase of your life.

    Captain Community

    P.S. Hope it doesn't sound weird but I love Mel Gibson, always will. Mel if your out there somewhere and reading this have your people contact me on my channel, it's been one of my dreams to work with you on ANYTHING.

  • Michael Difani

    Isn't this the role Gibson played in “Ransom”? I'll take Liam Neeson in the first “Taken” when he does exactly what he says he will do to the Albanian (!) sex traffickers. Wham, bam! Not very pleasant deaths.

  • beardog1579

    About time Hollywood got off their high horses and put Mel back in a starring role. Considering what goes ON in Hollywood and professional sports, I relegate what they are doing to Mel to what they did to Pete Rose. SO WHAT if Pete bet on the REDS – HE wasn't actively out there playing, so what's the big whoop?!?!? Hollywood SELECTIVELY blackballs people – they didn't do CRAP to Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt for Adultry- in fact they made them stars! Movie Moguls don't like their stars to become too close to their fans – or get too much good publicity – and they sit in the wings like spiders waiting to take them down! Well I hope Mel comes back and comes back BIG – like Robert Downey Jr! So he went on a drunken rant – does ANYONE really care? Was ANYONE really hurt? Did EITHER of these two guys KILL ANYONE? Let's let God be the judge and the rest of Hollywood go back to making movies! Professional Sports simply needs to GET OVER ITSELF!!! If it wasn't for a tiny bit of luck – ALL these directors and movie moguls would still be WAITING TABLES & PARKING CARS! Do we REALLY care what they think? HELL NO !!!