Mel Gibson has signed on to star in the action drama How I Spent My Summer Vacation, which reunites the key members of his Apocalypto team. The story is based on a screenplay written by Gibson.

According to Variety, How I Spent My Summer Vacation centers on a career criminal who gets caught by Mexican authorities and is sent to a drug- and crime-filled prison, where he learns how to survive with the help of a 9-year-old boy.

Gibson's Icon Prods., which financed Apocalypto, is putting up the coin for How I Spent My Summer Vacation. Gibson has been quietly scouting locations south of the border for nearly a year and will start shooting the pic in March in San Diego and Mexico's Veracruz state.