Mel Gibson's controversial new movie The Passion has garnered interest from a gang of distribution companies - even though they've yet to see it.

The movie, about the last 12 hours of Jesus Christ's life before his crucifixion, has attracted the attentions of a number of distributors, including NEWMARKET, PARAMOUNT CLASSICS, SONY CLASSICS and LION'S GATE.

The companies are hoping to clinch North American rights to the flick, which was filmed in Aramaic and Latin.

The Passion was recently screened for select religious leaders and the result was far from positive. ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE officials believe if the movie is released in its present form, it will fuel hatred, bigotry and anti-Semitism.

25/08/2003 21:14