– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Gladiator was one of those seminal movie experiences. Sure, it was awesome in middle school because the violence and gore was off the hook, but it was much more than that. It was a bona fide classic that succeeded on virtually every level: the script, the direction, the acting — all of it was Hollywood at its very best. And it was a film that had a poetically satisfying ending, with Maximus, played by Russell Crowe, meeting his end after taking Commodus’ life.

It was beautiful and perfect. It’s because of that perfect ending that it was so shocking to hear years later that writer Nick Cave was hired by director Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe to write a sequel wherein we follow Maximus’ trip down to purgatory. The script supposedly got more ridiculous. It followed Maximus being sent back to Earth in order to kill Jesus Christ and it would be called…Christ Killer. The film would end with Maximus becoming an eternal warrior. Sound like a joke? This is no joke. This is Hollywood. 

That film sounded a whole lot more like some cheesy grindhouse flick, and luckily that’s a film that never saw the light of way. However, if you were hoping that any ideas for a sequel were dead and buried alongside Maximus, you may be mistaken.

Speaking with EW following at a screening of Alien at SXSW, Scott discussed his ideas for a sequel to the film — and yes, they also involve bringing Maximus back from the dead:

“I know how to bring him back. I was having this talk with the studio — ‘but he’s dead.’ But there is a way of bringing him back. Whether it will happen I don’t know. Gladiator was 2000, so Russell’s changed a little bit. He’s doing something right now but I’m trying to get him back down here.”

Indeed it’s been 17 years since that film hit theaters, so they’ll have to find a way to explain the aging, but we still have to wonder what idea Scott could possibly have to bring him back to life. Given Scott’s general affinity for quality, we think it’s safe to assume it won’t reach the levels of ridiculousness of Christ Killer, but we wouldn’t be surprised if there were some afterlife elements still a part of the finished script.

Will we get to see this movie? We kind of doubt it. Scott seems pretty smitten with Alien as of late, and if his enthusiasm is any indication, he may be spending the better part of another decade making these movies, so we doubt he’d be able to fit something like this in his schedule.

But you never know. Crazier things have happened in Hollywood.

What do you think of this? would you be up for seeing a Gladiator sequel with Russell Crowe reprising his role as Maximus? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.