We all know about Nick Cave’s cancelled Gladiator sequel but according to Variety Ridley Scott is apparently ready to return to the coliseum as the director has begun development on a new “Gladiator” pic with Paramount on board to distribute.
“The Town” scribe Peter Craig will pen the script.
The original pic starred Russell Crowe as Maximus, a General in the Roman army, who is betrayed by the Emperor and left for dead while his family is brutally murdered. He is eventually forced to become a gladiator after being captured by slave traders, who lead him back to Rome to fight as a gladiator while plotting his revenge against Emperor that betrayed him.
The film would go on to win Best Picture and Crowe would end up landing the Best Actor Oscar while also grossing $460 million at the worldwide box office.
It’s not known how the story will continue, as Maximus is killed by the end of the film.
Gladiator is one of my all-time favourite movies and I don’t think a sequel is necessary unless they make it about someone else other than Maximus.