Poster Debut: Mel Gibson in The Beaver

The poster for the Mel Gibson comedy The Beaver has been snapped at the American Film Market by the team at Coming Soon. Its presence at the AFM indicates that the long-shelved project might finally be gearing up for release.

Gibson stars as the CEO of a toy company, who – to better communicate with his wife (Jodie Foster) and sons – begins to speak through a Beaver hand puppet.

The Beaver was – and to some degree, still is – one of the most highly anticipated films of 2010. Back in 2008, Kyle Killen’s screenplay was named the best unproduced script in Hollywood. Jodie Foster signed up to direct, and Mel Gibson – making his triumphant return to the spotlight following revelations of his alcoholism -was set to star.

And then: “You should ******* smile and **** me.”

Now, there is a distinct possibility that Summit Entertainment will send the film direct-to-DVD.

Gibson may no longer be classy or reputable enough to star in, ahem, The Hangover Part II, but I personally remain excited for The Beaver. There are a lot of talented people involved in this project (including Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence), and it’s a shame that a film that was once courting Oscar buzz could be relegated to a minor release simply because of its star’s – admittedly terrifying – personal life.

More news as it develops.

Discuss: But are you interested in seeing The Beaver?

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