Ridley Scott Has Story Ideas For Gladiator Sequel

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While Scott is working on returning to form as the director we all fell in love, he is doing what seems to be the safest option in movie making as age becomes a factor, and that is return to franchises that were successful. His return to the horror/sci-fi genre with Alien: Covenant is becoming a bloody affair that is trying to prove to the audiences that he is trying to give us what we want, but do we want a sequel to Gladiator?

Gladiator was the new millennium’s Best-Picture winner at the Academy Awards and marked the star power that is Russell Crowe. The sword and sandals epic holds up well and very much has us “entertained” to this day. Still, this seems like one of the many movies that ended in a beautiful, satisfying way, and you taint that legacy a bit by continuing the story with a dead character. But like comics, characters don’t actually die (apparently) and Scott has an idea that he wants to pursue only if his star Russel Crowe chooses to return.

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.


If you haven’t seen Gladiator, I’d suggest not reading what I am about to say. With that preface, you should go home and watch it right now you uncultured swine!

So Maximus (Crowe) dies at the end of the film. He goes to the afterlife that we see as a field of golden wheat fields where he finally gets to see his slain family once more. His mortal enemy gets what he deserves at the end and the poetic finale concludes while going to film history as one of the best of it’s genre.

The idea for the sequel involves Crowe’s character “traversing through the afterlife” – whatever that means – which I assume would involve some serious mysticism rather than a sword and sandal like we got with the first film. While I don’t hate the idea of afterlives with a Greek and Roman mythology, I think Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott just need to play God of War and just get that adaptation going. Who knows if this will even happen, but would we want it if Crowe and Scott agree to bring the movie a sequel?

Source: Entertainment Weekly


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