Back for more? Director Ridley Scott has teased a possible Gladiator sequel
Director Ridley Scott has teased a possible Gladiator sequel.
The 79-year-old director helmed the critically acclaimed 2000 historical drama movie – which starred Russell Crowe as Maximus Decimus Meridius – and has revealed he’s figured out a way of creating a sequel, despite the fact that Maximus dies at the end of the original movie.
He said: ‘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.’
Ridley isn’t convinced fixing the plot holes will work, however, as he admits 52-year-old Russell has ‘changed a little bit’ in the 17 years since the first movie.
He added to Entertainment Weekly magazine: ‘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.’
The news comes after Russell reportedly commissioned musician Nick Cave to write a sequel script which had Maximus travelling through the afterlife in 2009, but it is unknown whether Ridley’s idea is linked to this in any way.
The original Gladiator movie also featured Joaquin Phoenix, Derek Jacobi, Connie Nielsen and Oliver Reed, who filmed his role in the project prior to his death in 1999.
The star: Ridley isn’t convinced fixing the plot holes will work, however, as he admits 52-year-old Russell Crowe has ‘changed a little bit’ in the 17 years since the first movie
Oliver was posthumously nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the 2001 Oscars for his performance.
At the same ceremony, Gladiator took home five gongs in total for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role for Russell Crowe, Best Visual Effects, Best Costume Design, and Best Sound Mixing.
Ridley himself received a nomination for Best Director, but lost out to Steven Soderbergh for Traffic.
His co-star: Joaqion Phoenix delivered an incredible performance as Commodus The female element: The woman both Commodus and Maximus wanted was played by Connie Nielsen
Crowe was recently subject to romance rumors with Terri Irwin, the widow of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin.
Russell denied the claims in a recent tweet to his 2.2 million followers: ‘I have such a dramatic life in bulls**t magazines.’
He slammed the publications saying: ‘Last week New Idea magazine said I was getting married, now Woman’s Day (sic) saying the weddings off.’
Earlier this week, he teased the idea of starring in Deadpool 2.
Nothing ties him down: Crowe was recently subject to romance rumors with Terri Irwin, the widow of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. Pictured May in Rome
The estranged husband of Danielle Spencer retweeted ‘fan art’ of himself as Cable and asked Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld what he thought.
‘Hmmm… @robertliefeld thoughts?’ he tweeted.