Ladies and gentlemen, the Gibber is back! Even P.R. blunders and underperforming Jodie Foster movies can’t possibly keep this guy down. His new movie looks like an R-rated action / thriller / comedy in the same vein as the ones he used to make back in the ’80s and ’90s. It’s called Get the Gringo (previously it went under the working title How I Spent My Summer Vacation), and it revolves around a career criminal who gets nabbed by the U.S. Border Patrol and ends up in Mexican prison, only to learn the ropes from a 10-year-old kid. It is co-written and directed by Adrian Grunberg, who was also the second unit director on Gibson’s Apocalypto.
Now before you get too excited, it’s worth noting that the movie will apparently forgo a traditional theatrical release and will debut on DirecTV instead, followed by a DVD and Blu-ray release later in the year. Is this an indication that the movie is sub-par or is it a bold new distribution move? That remains to be seen. According to Harry Knowles, who is hosting a special premiere screening of the film in Austin, Mel Gibson “once again challenges the status quo by bringing this authentic Peckinpah-ian pulpy tale directly to fans.” That sounds like something Harry Knowles would say. Get the Gringo will hit DirecTV on May 1st at a cost of $10.99 per home viewing. Will this be a day one rental for you? Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.