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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Two articles covering Oct 28 press conference

On October 28, 2005 Mel Gibson held a press conference on Apocalypto. Yahoo news and the Associated Press both covered the story:

Yahoo News:

Mel Gibson to shoot epic movie in Mayan language

Actor Mel Gibson, who turned a Latin script on the crucifixion of Christ into box office gold last year, is in Mexico to shoot his latest film: an action movie shot entirely in an ancient Mayan tongue.

The star turned independent director was in the eastern state of Veracruz this week where he is to film "Apocalypto," a thriller set in an ancient Mayan settlement and shot in the Yucatec dialect.

"It's set before the Conquest, so there are no European faces, and we are using mostly indigenous people and actors from Mexico City," Gibson, sporting a long beard, said at a news conference in the port city of Veracruz.

"There's still a lot of mystery to the Mayan culture, but when all is said and done, it's just the backdrop to what I'm doing -- creating an action adventure of mythic proportions," he said, blinking before a bank of flash lights.

Gibson achieved fame with lucrative movies like the epic "Revolution," the sci-fi thriller "Signs" and the "Lethal Weapon" series and has become one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood, commanding a fee of $25 million a film.

A devout Roman Catholic, he had the greatest hit of his career with last year's "The Passion of the Christ," which became the most successful independent film ever made despite its impenetrable Latin and Aramaic dialogue and stomach churning flogging sequences.

The 49-year-old star is making "Apocalypto" through his Los Angeles-based Icon production company with an undisclosed budget. It will be distributed by Disney, although the shooting script remains under wraps. Filming starts in November.

The runaway success of "The Passion of the Christ," which grossed more than $600 million worldwide, has given Gibson the financial freedom and industry clout to pursue projects like "Apocalypto."

Above all, film is a business ...Independence is a really cool thing as you can be a bit more bold, and take a few more chances with what you do," he said.

Gibson said the story would be told through the eyes of a Mayan man, his family and village, and would touch on universal themes about "civilizations and what undermines them," but he declined to go into details about the plot.

He said Mayan myths from the Popol Vuh sacred texts formed part of his research for the film, which also drew on input from indigenous groups and Spanish mission texts from the 1700s and Mayan language translators.

"A lot of it I just made up, and when I checked it out with historians and archeologists, it wasn't that far wrong," he said.

After visiting Guatemala, the Yucatan Peninsula and Costa Rica to scope out locations, he settled on unspoiled jungle in Veracruz to frame the story.

Residents in the rain-swept streets of Veracruz, near where Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes first made landfall in 1519, gave their support to the project.
"It's just great that he's making a film about Mayan culture," marimba player Manuel Guerrera said as he prepared to play with a local street band in the city's colonial square.

"It's a neglected part of our heritage, and it makes us feel really proud," he added.
Gibson's popularity in Mexico has been boosted by his recent donation of $1 million to the victims of hurricanes that hit southern Mexico, including heavily Mayan areas.

Associated Press:

Mel Gibson's Next Movie a Mythic Adventure

Mel Gibson says a fascination with ancient cultures and great civilizations is what led him to make his upcoming movie "Apocalypto," starring unknown Mexican actors speaking in an ancient tongue.

"What I'm doing is making an action-adventure film of mythic proportions," Gibson, sporting a plaid flannel shirt, jeans and a long salt-and pepper beard, told a news conference Friday.

The movie is scheduled to begin production Nov. 14 and will be shot almost entirely in the jungle of Mexico's Veracruz state.

The film's stars will be unrecognizable to most moviegoers, and they will speak in the Mayan tongue of Yucateco, Gibson said. It will be light on dialogue and heavy on images and action. It's set 600 years ago, prior to the 16th-century Spanish conquest of Mexico and Central America.

The most anyone will see of the 49-year-old movie star "is my fingernail," Gibson said. "If I was in it, it would wreck everything."

In his first public explanation of the movie, both written and directed by Gibson, he said he decided to hold a news conference "to satisfy people's curiosity a little bit" and knock down inaccurate speculation.

The movie is "a story about a man and his woman, his child and his father, his community," adding that the man "is put in an incredibly heightened, stressful situation ... has to overcome tremendous obstacles. So it's a universal story in that respect."

Like his last film, the stunningly successful "The Passion of Christ," Gibson will bankroll "Apocalypto" himself. Disney has signed on to release it in the United States.

Gibson said that although he researched the writings of a Spanish missionary and the Mayan bible, the "Popol Vuh," and visited Mayan sites in Guatemala and Mexico, the Mayan setting is merely the backdrop of the movie. he chose it because "it's just fascinating to me. There's still a lot of mystery about the culture."

"I'm hoping by focusing on this civilization we can ... analyze ourselves," he said, adding that the movie "is kind of an anthropological journey."

The film's title, "Apocalypto," a Greek word for an unveiling or new beginning, "just expresses so well that I want to convey," Gibson said. "I think it's just a universal word. In order for something to begin, something has to end. All of those elements are involved. But it's not a big doomsday picture or anything like that."

Asked about future endeavors, Gibson replied, "I have many other projects planned. I might just try one in English."

(photo credit: Associated Press)

Monday, January 30, 2006

When will Apocalypto be released?

The United States release date will be December 8th, 2006. [read full story]

What is Apocalypto about?

From the Apocalypto website:

"A heart stopping mythic action-adventure set against the turbulent end times of the once great Mayan civilization. When his idyllic existence is brutally disrupted be a violent invading force, a man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate and spurred by the power of his love for his woman and his family he will make a desparate break to return home and to ultimately save his way of life."

What does "Apocalypto" mean?

"Apocalypto" comes from the word "apocalypse."

In Mel's own words: "Apocalypto ... just expresses so well [ what] I want to convey. I think it's just a universal word. In order for something to begin, something has to end."

Dictionary definition:


  • 1. a) Apocalypse (Abbr. Apoc.) Bible. The Book of Revelation. b) Any of a number of anonymous Jewish or Christian texts from around the second century B.C. to the second century A.D. containing prophetic or symbolic visions, especially of the imminent destruction of the world and the salvation of the righteous.
  • 2. Great or total devastation; doom: the apocalypse of nuclear war.
  • 3. A prophetic disclosure; a revelation.

[Middle English Apocalipse, from Late Latin Apocalypsis, from Greek apokalupsis, revelation, Apocalypse, from apokaluptein, to uncover : apo-, apo- + kaluptein, to cover.]

(source: "apocalypse." The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 31 Jan. 2006.

Joshua Tyler at Cinema Blend previews Apocalypto

Joshua Tyler at Cinema Bland previews Apocalypto (and appears a bit frustrated at the lack of information currently available):

Some excerpts:

Mel has proven himself as a filmmaker willing to be experimental, willing to take seemingly insane risks. So far, those wacky risks have paid off.

He'll continue his tour of ancient languages with Apocalypto, another movie filmed in a tongue no one understands. This time though, the risks get a little bit bigger. Not only is he filming in a language his audience can't speak, he's using actors his audience doesn't know. Shunning the Hollywood talent pool, he's casting local villagers to play a lot of the major roles in his major film. Good luck finding a cast list, there isn't one available yet. It doesn't get more unknown.

Read the rest.

His page also includes some nice stills from the teaser trailer.

Is there really a hidden frame in the Apocalypto teaser trailer?

Yes, there sure is!
If you are up for a challenge, watch the teaser trailer again and see if you can find where it is.

Associated Press says Apocalypto "sounds promising"

David Germain of the Associated Press had this to say today:

Sound promising
Apocalypto (summer): Mel Gibson made the first blockbuster done in ancient languages with The Passion of the Christ. Now he tells a historical epic in the Mayan tongue of Yucateco, set before the 16th-century Spanish conquest of Central America. Gibson says the film will be light on dialogue and heavy on imagery and action. Lethal arrow?


Post and Courier mentions Apocalypto among 2006 notables

Bill Thompson of the Post and Courier has this to say:

--After the platinum motherlode of "The Passion of the Christ," Mel Gibson didn't have to look far for funding his latest, the faith-free "Apocalypto" (Summer). He takes a page from the book of John Sayles in featuring not only indigenous actors (from Mexico City and the Yucatan) but dialogue in the Mayan tongue of Yucateco to spin a story of the decline of the Mayan civilization.

Why you should care: Archaeologists and historians still find muchabout the subject that is mysterious. Gibson may not.

Source. names Apocalypto among its Films to Watch in 2006

WDC Media has this to say:

Apocalypto (Summer) -- After his record-breaking success with The Passion of the Christ, everyone is waiting to see the next effort from director Mel Gibson. The cryptic title and trailer for this film reveals very little about the plot line. The story tales place at the end of the Mayan civilization, and tags in the trailer imply that when the end comes, not everyone is prepared to go. Brace yourself for a thrilling action picture that may provide avenues to discuss the end of civilizations and the end of the world.