In our humble opinion, Ridley Scott's Gladiator was one of the best historical epics to ever come out of Hollywood. Released back in 2000, the film follows a Roman military general who is framed and forced to fight for his survival in the gladiatorial arenas throughout the Empire until he is finally able to exact vengeance upon those responsible for sentencing him to death.
Despite the fact that it has been nearly two decades since the movie was released, director Ridley Scott recently revealed that he's very keen on doing a sequel to the historical epic - this despite the fact that Russell Crowe's character, Maximus, died in the arena at the end of the first film.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly this weekend at SXSW, where he screened footage from this May's Alien: Covenant, Scott teased that he has a great idea for bringing Maximus back to life. He also revealed that he's been wanting to do a Gladiator sequel for quite a while now, and definitely wants Russell Crowe back for the follow-up.
“I know how to bring him back. I was having this talk with the studio, ‘but he’s dead.’ But there is a way of bringing him back. Whether it will happen I don’t know. Gladiator was 2000, so Russell’s changed a little bit. He’s doing something right now but I’m trying to get him back down here.”
Crowe reportedly commissioned Nick Cave in 2009 to write a Gladiator sequel script which had Maximus traversing through the afterlife. It’s unclear if Scott’s idea has any connection to this.
Scott didn't divulge any further info to the trade.
We loved the original Gladiator, so we're totally down for a sequel so long as Crowe is up for returning to the role of Maximus - and that Scott's plan for bringing the character back for another movie isn't too over-the-top.
Would you be interested in watching a Gladiator sequel?
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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