Ridley Scott’s Developing a Sequel to Russell Crowe’s ‘Gladiator’

Are you ready to be entertained—again? Director Ridley Scott is developing a sequel to his award-winning film Gladiator, according to Deadline. Gladiator, which starred an extremely fit Russell Crowe, was one of Scott’s most successful films commercially and critically, making $460 million worldwide when it was released in 2000. Now, he’s ready for Gladiator 2.

Crowe starred in the original Gladiator, which won numerous awards at the Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Visual Effects, after being nominated for 11 Academy Awards. Peter Craig (The Town, Top Gun: Maverick) will pen the script for the sequel, which will follow the story of Lucius, the son of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen), and the nephew of the main villain Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix).

Crowe’s character Maximus (spoiler alert) died at the end of the original film, and as of now, there aren’t plans for Crowe to appear in the film. That could change as time goes on, as Crowe’s character could appear in flashbacks or dream sequences to get around that whole “he died at the end” thing. In the original Gladiator, Crowe’s Maximus is betrayed by Commodus, sold into slavery, and then returns to the Colosseum as a successful gladiator as he attempts to get revenge on the men that killed his family.

Here’s an iconic moment from the original Gladiator:

Even at 80 years old, Scott remains one of the busiest directors and producers in Hollywood. Last year, Scott directed the real-life J. Paul Getty drama All the Money in the World, and he’s currently working on a sci-fi TV series for TNT titled Raised By Wolves. Deadline also reports that Scott is developing a coming-of-age Merlin movie with Disney, and a drama about photojournalist Lyndsey Addario.

Russell Crowe in a scene from the film 'Gladiator', 2000. (Photo by Universal/Getty Images)
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Even with all those projects in the pipeline, Deadline reports that Gladiator 2 “could happen very quickly” once the script is completed.

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