‘Gladiator’ is hands down one of my favourite films of all time.
As a 10 year-old watching it for the first time, I was captivated. The first battle scene against the Germanic tribes, the ‘ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?” line, the action sequence with the chariots in the Colosseum, the final climatic fight against that evil, treacherous sh*t Commodus, ahh, it really is a film that has it all.
It’s been 18 long years since Ridley Scott’s epic historical drama first premiered, with Russell Crowe’s performance as Maximus Decimus Meridius proving to be one of his most career-defining roles.
But seemingly out of nowhere, it appears as though we’re getting a sequel, as Ridley is returning to Rome as the director for Gladiator 2.
Deadline reports that the story will focus on Lucius, the son of Lucilla and nephew of Commodus, characters played by Connie Nielsen and Joaquin Phoenix in the original.
It’s highly unlikely Crowe will return for a sequel, as if you remember he finishes the original walking through the fields of the afterlife to be reunited with his murdered son and wife – a scene that never fails to make me cry.
In the sequel, however, Lucius is said to be greatly influenced by the iconic gladiator, who effectively saves Lucilla and Lucius before facing the Emperor in the arena in the original.
Ridley Scott will develop the project at Paramount with Peter Craig (The Town) – whose next film will be the forthcoming Top Gun sequel – penned to write the script.
Speculation of a sequel has been rife for the best part of two decades, especially after the original Gladiator made $460m worldwide and won five Oscars, including best picture.
Scott has made a few stinkers recently (Exodus: Gods and Kings, Alien: Covenant) but hopefully he can recapture some of his earlier form for the Gladiator sequel.
If he’s struggling he could always refer to Nick Cave, who weirdly made his own Gladiator sequel which would have seen Maximus brought back from the dead.
I love Maximus, but please don’t do that to him.
Anyway, there’s no further details known at present but expect news to break in the coming months.
My excitement is through the roof with this one.