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Ridley Scott is working on a sequel to Gladiator

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Ridley Scott seems to be going through his back catalogue and working sequels and prequels to them. His next one appears to be Gladiator 2!

The original 2000 film won five Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell Crowe.

Deadline report that, while Crowe’s Maximus character met his end in the classic original film, Gladiator 2 will follow the continuing story of Lucius, the son of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen), The youth was the nephew of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), the weaselly son of Roman leader Marcus Aurelius who murdered his father seized the throne and wound up in the gladiator ring with Maximus, who though mortally wounded, skewered the emperor before fading into the great beyond to reunite with his slain wife and son. Maximus saved the boy and his mother while avenging his own family, and left a strong impression on the young Lucius.”

The original was made by DreamWorks and distributed by Universal. Sources said Paramount will be the studio developing the new film, and Universal has the option to co-finance.

Scott wants to direct the film, and it looks like Peter Craig ( The Town,12 Strong, Top Gun: Maverick) will be writing the screenplay.

I honestly have no feelings on this news either way. I enjoyed parts of the original, but on the whole felt disappointed with it.

How do you feel about a sequel to Gladiator?

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