Mel Gibson Working On ‘Sleight of Hand?’

With a new heist movie, Mel Gibson could be coming back whether you like him or not.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Okay, so audiences aren't exactly going crazy for Jodie Foster's Beaver, which is a shame because we really rather liked it. But that's not stopping Mel Gibson. Oh no… He's still in the game, folks. There's two outs and only one quarter left, and he's still got a nine-iron in his locker. And man, one of these days we're really going to start following sports.

Variety reports that Gibson is in talks to join the heist caper Sleight of Hand, which already has Kiefer Sutherland (24), Thomas Jane (Hung) and Gerard Depardieu (Every French Movie Ever) attached to star. They'll be joined by Jon Lovitz, Giancarlo Giannini and Johnny Hallday in the film, which finds a group of bungling thieves who inadvertently steal a rare coin from a gangster. The film, set in Paris, comes from writer/director Brad Mirman, best known for his screenplays to such films as Body of Evidence, The Good Shepherd and Truth or Consequences, N.M. Mirman also wrote an inordinate amount of Christopher Lambert movies, including Knight Moves, in which Lambert played a chess player framed for murder (naturally), the sci-fi film Absolon and uncredited work on Highlander: The Quickening.

So yeah, I guess there are technically better pedigrees.

Incidentally, when the hell does Christopher Lambert get to make his comeback? Everyone else has had their chance. That guy deserves a break.

Crave Online will return with more Sleight of Hand news as soon as we pick a card. Any card.