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03.10.2017

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Spoilers if you haven't seen GLADIATOR, which, by the way, isn't too far off from celebrating its twentieth anniversary. How's that for making you feel old. Back in 2000, Ridley Scott's historical epic told the story of Maximus (Russell Crowe), a Roman General who found himself reduced to slavery when Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), the power hungry son of Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris), betrayed him and seized control of Rome by murdering his own father. The film was a huge success at the time and even took home a few prestigious awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor at the 73rd Academy Awards.

As with most successful things, it didn't take long for people to begin to talk about some sort of continuation of the GLADIATOR story. Thankfully that didn't happen, but Ridley Scott recently discussed the subject while speaking with Entertainment Weekly.

As Russell Crowe's character had died by the end of GLADIATOR, it didn't seem very likely that he would make an appearance in a sequel, but they certainly tried to make it happen. More on that later. At the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Entertainment Weekly asked Ridley Scott about a follow-up to GLADIATOR, and surprisingly, the director not only seemed to be up for a sequel, but he's apparently also come up with a way for Russell Crowe to return to the role of Maximus.

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.

I'm going to file this under "unlikely," but I'd love to know how Scott would bring Russell Crowe back. The actor certainly had his own ideas of how Maximus would return as he once approached Nick Cave (THE PROPOSITION) to pen a sequel. Previous attempts at a follow-up all revolved around an older Lucius (Commodus' nephew) navigating the brutal politics of Rome, but Nick Cave's script wound up being much stranger. After meddling a little too much with the affairs of the Roman gods in the afterlife, Maximus would have been reincarnated and returned to Rome to defend early Christians, after which he would ultimately live forever, fighting battles throughout history, such as World War II and Vietnam, before ending up as a General in the modern-day Pentagon.

Nick Cave's story ended up being a little too far-fetched for the studios and the project was ultimately shelved, but it seems that the possibility of a GLADIATOR sequel hasn't been completely dismissed by Ridley Scott.

Sound off in the comments and tell us whether a GLADIATOR sequel with Russell Crowe is something you'd still like to see.

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10:01PM on 03/11/2017
There is no way a Gladiator sequel would work without it being a ripoff of Ryse: Son of Rome, which was itself a ripoff game of Gladiator.
There is no way a Gladiator sequel would work without it being a ripoff of Ryse: Son of Rome, which was itself a ripoff game of Gladiator.
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3:50PM on 03/11/2017
No.
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2:28PM on 03/11/2017
I don't think gladiator needs a sequel only because that movie really went full circle as far as story and I'm not sure what else you can really do in that realm,not only that but movies like gladiator don't fare very well at the box office these days so id be shocked if it actually happened but if it does I'm on board I mean shit dude its ridley fuckin scott.if he wants to make a movie about paint drying id probably still watch it.i think the ghost of maximus is a bit silly and takes you out
I don't think gladiator needs a sequel only because that movie really went full circle as far as story and I'm not sure what else you can really do in that realm,not only that but movies like gladiator don't fare very well at the box office these days so id be shocked if it actually happened but if it does I'm on board I mean shit dude its ridley fuckin scott.if he wants to make a movie about paint drying id probably still watch it.i think the ghost of maximus is a bit silly and takes you out of the realism that gladiator conveyed but if you bring russel back to play maximus lost son that he didn't know about well bam there you go,that would explain why he looks different and you could figure out a revenge story with Lucius
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1:47PM on 03/11/2017

Ehhh

I'm going to have to say Mr. Scott this idea is shit. Your idea's for making more Alien flicks now that is a dope idea, but this idea is horrible. Plus crowe is fat as fuck now, he will have to work out a lot. And also how do you bring back somebody who is dead wasn't this dude a part of history.
I'm going to have to say Mr. Scott this idea is shit. Your idea's for making more Alien flicks now that is a dope idea, but this idea is horrible. Plus crowe is fat as fuck now, he will have to work out a lot. And also how do you bring back somebody who is dead wasn't this dude a part of history.
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1:06PM on 03/11/2017
Gladiator 2 never needs to happen. I loved the first one when it came out, but between its butchering of Roman history (which would make an even better movie, arguably), and the underrated HBO series "Rome," I don't look back on Gladiator with the same love I once did, even if it did reinvigorate Scott's career. The Martian is the best argument I've seen to prove that Ridley Scott can still make a damn good movie, and he's still at his best when he's not rehashing the same things he's done
Gladiator 2 never needs to happen. I loved the first one when it came out, but between its butchering of Roman history (which would make an even better movie, arguably), and the underrated HBO series "Rome," I don't look back on Gladiator with the same love I once did, even if it did reinvigorate Scott's career. The Martian is the best argument I've seen to prove that Ridley Scott can still make a damn good movie, and he's still at his best when he's not rehashing the same things he's done before.
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12:08PM on 03/11/2017
2000. Back when Oscar winners were actually rewatchable movies. When it comes down to it though, no thanks Ridley. You made a few masterpieces, some just need to be left alone.
2000. Back when Oscar winners were actually rewatchable movies. When it comes down to it though, no thanks Ridley. You made a few masterpieces, some just need to be left alone.
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11:57AM on 03/11/2017
If the sequel is about Russel being immortal and basically traveling time to fight in various wars, then part 3 can only lead to one thing...Gladiator in Space. "In space, no one can hear if you're entertained".
If the sequel is about Russel being immortal and basically traveling time to fight in various wars, then part 3 can only lead to one thing...Gladiator in Space. "In space, no one can hear if you're entertained".
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9:28AM on 03/11/2017

Yes, yes, yes

Anything to take his mind of the alien franchise so they can move on with part 5
Anything to take his mind of the alien franchise so they can move on with part 5
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6:46AM on 03/11/2017
Ridley's inability to move on is how we wound up with Prometheus.
Ridley's inability to move on is how we wound up with Prometheus.
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4:36AM on 03/11/2017

It is not April first yet

Hahaha?
It must be a joke. How dumb.
Hahaha?
It must be a joke. How dumb.
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12:43AM on 03/11/2017

Nick Cave's script was a series of books

The book series was Casca - The Eternal Mercenary. A different origin but same end result, fighting through history.
The book series was Casca - The Eternal Mercenary. A different origin but same end result, fighting through history.
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11:54PM on 03/10/2017

NNOOOOOO

Gladiator is a fantastic movie (in the top 10) and tells a complete story. A sequel would be a terrible idea.
Gladiator is a fantastic movie (in the top 10) and tells a complete story. A sequel would be a terrible idea.
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10:40PM on 03/10/2017
FUCK YOU RIDLEY
FUCK YOU RIDLEY
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