THE WRAP is reporting that Gibson’s film ‘MACCABEE’ about the Jewish Maccabee revolt in 2nd Century B.C., that was written by Joe Eszterhas (Basic Instinct, Showgirls, Jade), which was yet to be made has been shelved by the brass at Warner Bros. The studio is citing the script was lacking in triumph and a sense of feeling and this was the reasoning behind the decision.
Off the back of the shelving of MACCABEE, Eszterhas wrote a 9 page letter to Mel Gibson that THE WRAP got a hold of where he cut loose on Gibson with such memorable quotes as:
On Gibson’s announcement to make MACCABEE – “in an attempt to deflect continuing charges of anti-Semitism which have dogged you, charges which have crippled your career.”
On Gibson’s threats to his ex-girlfriend – “You were raving at Oksana even after you’d reached a custody agreement over Luci,” their daughter, the letter says. “And then you were even more explicit about your threat: “I’m going to kill her! I’m going to have her killed!” You said you’d become friends with two FBI agents (or former FBI agents) and they were going to help you to kill her.”
You can read the full article here: http://www.thewrap.com/movies/article/joe-eszterhas-explodes-mel-gibson-you-hate-jews-36957
You can read the letter here: http://www.thewrap.com/movies/article/joe-eszterhas-letter-mel-gibson-36949
But you gotta ask yourself a question: Being the letter came after the film got shelved, with the Studio acknowledging it was the script Eszterhas wrote that killed the deal, is someone just pissed off and attacking an easy target?