Ridley Scott Is Developing A Sequel To Gladiator


The original, released in 2000, featured actors Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix and Conie Nielsen in the lead. You can read a full breakdown here, but it boiled down to Maximus fighting his way out of the afterlife on a mission to kill a Roman god who has created the persona of "Jesus" so as to stoke the new Christian religion and thus steal other gods' followers.

A sequel to Gladiator was first mentioned in 2001; originally, it was to have taken place 15 years after the original film until Russell Crowe expressed his interest in returning as Maximus, despite the character's death in the first movie. A potential sequel to the Oscar-winning 2000 film has been rumbled about for years, but now it appears Scott is finally moving forward with the project, with hopes to direct. He is now working on Tom Cruise-starrer Top Gun: Maverick. In the movie, Maximus showed great affection for Lucius, whose father had died in war early in his life, and treated him like a son. So long, in fact, that we interviewed him about the subject back in 2003.

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The director is now working on the TNT series Raised By Wolves, which marks his first foray into television.

The 2000 motion picture, which captured five Academy Awards - including best picture, and best leading actor for Crowe - was a massive box office draw, garnering $460 million in global box office receipts for DreamWorks, with Universal as its distributor worldwide. Let us know in the comments.