Ridley Scott's 'Gladiator' sequel will focus on Commodus' nephew Lucius, but will it see the return of Russell Crowe?
The new movie will be directed by Scott himself, just like how he directed the original 2000 movie that won him an Oscar for best director
According to a recent report by Deadline, Sir Ridley Scott is apparently "going forward" on a sequel to his classic 2000 film Gladiator. The movie, which won five Oscars, saw Russell Crowe play the role of Maximus, a once-powerful Roman general forced to become a gladiator.
Crowe even got awarded for the character he played in the movie with the star receiving the best actor award for the highly coveted role. The movie, which revived the historical epic film genre and made Crowe a star, unfortunately, ended on a sad note, as Crowe's character suffered an excruciating death.
According to reports, the upcoming sequel will lay maximum focus on the character of Lucius, the nephew of Emperor Commodus, played in 2000 by Joaquin Phoenix. The new movie will be directed by Scott himself, just like how he directed the original 2000 movie that won him an Oscar for best director.
Reports also suggest that the screenplay for the second part of the film will be written by Peter Craig, whose credits include big movies like 'The Town' and two 'Hunger Games' films, as well as the upcoming 'Top Gun' sequel.
Few would know this, but the 2000 Gladiator movie made an approximate $457m (£355m) at the box office and revived the historical epic drama genre, which had been out of fashion for decades. Crowe, previously, had tried to get a sequel to the original movie made, and he even reportedly asked his friend singer/songwriter and screenwriter Nick Cave to write a script.
Back in 2013, while speaking about the movie and the possibility of a sequel, Cave said Crowe wanted to star in the film despite the obvious problem. "'Hey Russell, didn't you die in Gladiator 1?' 'Yeah, you sort that out.' So he goes down to purgatory and is sent down by the gods, who are dying in heaven because there's this one god, there's this Christ character, down on Earth who is gaining popularity and so the many gods are dying so they send Gladiator back to kill Christ and his followers."
Cave further revealed to WTF podcast how Crowe "didn't like it" but Cave said he "enjoyed writing it very much because I knew on every level that it was never going to get made." More information on the movie, which has been revealed, suggests that Scott's plan for a sequel sees Crowe's character Maximus leaving an impression on the young Lucius for avenging his own family.
For movie buffs who are still struggling with the context for the sequel, Lucius was the son of Lucilla played by Connie Nielsen in the original film. As for the actual filming of the new movie, there is still no information for when the film would go into production.