Mel Gibson film moves Mexican inmates

Prisoners' families have been protesting relocation

MEXICO CITY -- More than 200 inmates in the Gulf Coast city of Veracruz have been transferred to alternate prisons so a Mel Gibson project can begin shooting inside the emptied wing.

According to media reports, the move over the weekend drew the ire of many inmates' relatives, who had been gathering for several weeks outside the Ignacio Allende prison to protest the relocation. Many families regularly deliver food and other essential items to the prisoners. Demonstrators say the inmates' new locations will make visits more difficult and cause economic hardship on the families.

Gibson penned the script and will star in the action drama "How I Spent My Summer Vacation." The story centers on a career criminal struggling to survive in a Mexican prison.

Although the start date and other details of the production have been kept under wraps, Gibson's shingle Icon Prods. is producing the picture, and Gibson protege Adrian Grunberg reportedly is directing. Grunberg served as first assistant director on the Gibson action film "Apocalypto," which was shot on location in Veracruz.

Veracruz Governor Fidel Herrera, who announced in December that an area in the prison would be cleared out for the production, did not respond to requests seeking comment.
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