Variety.com - 'Apocalypto' now for Mel: "Gibson will not star in 'Apocalypto' and may not use a star for the film, which is set in an ancient civilization some 3,000 years ago. The title is a Greek term which means 'an unveiling' or 'new beginning.' Consistent with such Gibson films as 'Braveheart' and 'Passion,' the script depicts abundant action and violence. Gibson has already begun pre-production; he is setting locations and has already begun casting.
Gibson had no qualms about self-financing his vision and while he is known to be collaborative, he has creative control.
Gibson had some cash laying around: 'The Passion of the Christ,' which cost Gibson $25 million to make, grossed just north of $600 million worldwide to become the most successful indie ever."