Why does director Mel Gibson see 'Hacksaw Ridge' as a love story?

Poducer Bill Mechanic tried to convince Mel Gibson to make “Hacksaw Ridge” in 2002, when Gibson was still at the height of his career, and again in 2010, four years after the Oscar-winning director and star had been all but exiled for anti-Semitic comments made during a drunk-driving arrest in Malibu. Gibson says something about the story of Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery in combat as a medic during World War II, finally clicked for him when Mechanic reached out a third time in 2014. Gibson took a fresh look at Doss and saw a man who transcended the horrors of war, tending to both American and Japanese soldiers alike without regard for his own safety. He saw Doss as an example of “what we’re capable of in our venality, that we have a higher self.” To read more, click here.

HACKSAW RIDGE nominated for 2017 Humanitas Prize!

Thirty two writers have been named as finalists in nine categories for the 42nd annual Humanitas Prize. Honoring film and television writers whose work inspires compassion, hope, and understanding, the nominees will be competing for $100,000 in prize money to be handed out at the annual luncheon, set for Wednesday, February 22, at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. To read more, click here.

‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Gets Rare Extended China Release As Local B.O. Crosses $50M

Mel Gibson’s pacifist WW II drama Hacksaw Ridge has had an incredible run at the Chinese box office since its December debut and has just been granted a rare release extension. The film, which world premiered at the Venice Film Festival this past September and has become a force during awards season, has officially crossed the RMB 350M ($50.8M) mark in the Middle Kingdom. The global reported gross to date is $137M. To read more, click here.

5 Amazing Things The Hero of ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Did That Aren’t In the Movie

Most movie adaptations of true stories exaggerate for effect, condensing timelines and adding action to heighten drama. In “Hacksaw Ridge,” the story of a World War II conscientious objector who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic duty as a medic, director Mel Gibson and producers had the opposite problem. “There were things that left us thinking ‘Who would believe that?’” producer Bill Mechanic told “Deadline.” To read more, click here.


ACE nominations announced today with Carol Littleton nominated for Best Editing for TV Movie/Miniseries for ALL THE WAY, and John Gilbert nominated for Best Editing for Drama for HACKSAW RIDGE!

Mel Gibson Named Director Of The Year For ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ At Capri Hollywood Fest

The Capri Hollywood International Film Festival is honoring Mel Gibson with its Director Of The Year Award, in recognition of his pacifist WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge. Producer Bill Mechanic, who was already named by the festival as its Producer Of The Year, is accepting the prize on Gibson’s behalf. To read more, click here.

AWARDS DAILY Interview: Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight on Crafting Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge introduces us to Desmond Doss, the unlikely hero who entered the Asian-Pacific theater during World War II unarmed. Doss was a medic who saved thousands of lives on the Okinawa battlefield without using any weapons. He was, as screenwriters Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight describe, “the first conscientious objector to win the medal of honor.” Hacksaw Ridge is nominated for three Golden Globes including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Andrew Garfield.  Hacksaw Ridge took ten years to come to fruition, but its timing couldn’t be urgent. Read how both screenwriters came to be involved in telling the compelling, and brutally honest story of Desmond Doss. To read more, click here.

LBJ Returns to ZACH THEATRE in the Texas Premiere of THE GREAT SOCIETY

ZACH Theatre is proud to announce the newest addition to its 2016-17 Season -The Texas Premiere of THE GREAT SOCIETY, the second of Robert Schenkkan's LBJ plays exploring Texas' own political mastermind and his memorable years in the White House.To read more click here.

Asolo Rep Presents Pulitzer Prize-Winner Robert Schenkkan's THE GREAT SOCIETY

Asolo Rep kicks off its winter repertory season with THE GREAT SOCIETY, Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Schenkkan's gripping political drama that chronicles the second chapter of Lyndon Baines Johnson's presidency. To read more, click here.

Son Of Real-Life ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Vet Praises Film’s Realism, Thanks Dad & The Heroes That Never Came Back

Don Kirchner, an attorney in northern Minnesota, is the son of George H Kirchner, who was in the 307th Infantry of the 77th Division on Okinawa during World War II and participated in the battle for the Maeda Escarpment, aka Hacksaw Ridge. Don contacted me after reading my coverage of the world premiere of Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge in Venice. To read more, click here.