Oh, boy. I guess this may actually be happening. Nearly two decades ago, Ridley Scott released a modern epic classic in the form of Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe. The film was a huge hit and went on to tally up 11 Academy Award nominations. For years, there had been news about a potential sequel, with reports and confirmations coming out having to do with Maximus somehow fighting in the afterlife.
Luckily, it doesn’t sound like we’ll be getting that ridiculous piece of garbage for a film, but we WILL be getting a sequel, as Deadline reports. According to the outlet, Scott is moving forward with a sequel to his acclaimed picture in hopes of directing it. He has tapped Peter Craig — who has written The Town and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2, among other films — to pen the screenplay for the flick.
Reportedly, this sequel will not be as stupid as Maximus fighting in the afterlife, but will actually follow Commodus’ nephew Lucius, who was in the first film as a kid. Apparently, the stuff Maximus did in Gladiator — you know, like saving Lucius — deeply affected the boy, leading to whatever is set to happen in the upcoming film.
But can this movie succeed? Russell Crowe’s Maximus will be nowhere to be seen as far as we can tell, and with that, it will be quite the tough act to follow. Can whatever this story ends up being be enough to warrant a sequel? We’ll have to wait and see.
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