Famed director Ridley Scott couldn’t have known the extent to which he was going to change cinematic history for good with the release of the original “Gladiator” movie back in 2000. And yes, that was over twenty years ago somehow. We’re not sure how that happened, either. Regardless, it just goes to show that the piece is timeless. Originally inspired by Daniel P. Mannix’s novel, “Those About to Die” from ’58, the film adaptation starred Russell Crowe front and center as Maximus Decimus Meridius.
It had all the makings of a perfect plot, giving a brand new meaning to the phrase “action-packed.” Critics and movie-goers alike commended the film for its near-perfect ending, but now with a sequel on the table, they might change their minds. Yes, you read that right. This isn’t one of those cheap, dinky remakes, either. No sir, we’re talking about an official sequel. According to the original director, “Gladiator 2” is actually one big step closer to actually coming to fruition. Here’s what we know so far.
A Script Already Exists
Following in the footsteps of “Gladiator” is no small feat. The film not only grossed over $457 million worldwide but also took home several prestigious awards. This included not one, not two, but five Oscars at the 73rd Annual Academy Awards. The sweep consisted of awards for Best Actor, Picture, Costume Design, Visual Effects, and Sound.
Turns out, though, “Gladiator 2” might be a lot further along than fans might have even realized. Apparently, an entire script already exists for the project. Ridley Scott told Deadline:
While Ridley Scott didn’t reveal much else, rumors have already started circulating about the new script’s contents. Apparently, this story might revolve around that of Lucius. This is the young ruler spared by Maximus by taking out his own uncle Commodus.
Other ‘Gladiator’ Stars and Where They Are Now
Along with Russell Crowe’s Hispano-Roman General turned gladiator, the original film starred another big name before he caught his big break. While many know him now as “The Joker,” Joaquin Phoenix portrayed a power-hungry Roman power named Commodus for the 2000 flick. He is still very much involved with acting while also using his platform to advocate for animal rights.
Unfortunately, the “Gladiator” team also lost someone earlier this year. Mike Mitchell joined the cast of the original and also drew in fans for his “Braveheart” performance. He sadly passed away at the age of 65 on a boat in Turkey.