Many times we criticize the aftermath of Hollywood, but everything changes when a director like Ridley Scott expresses his desire to retake old stories. First, it was Alien, who was rescued with Prometheus and whose mythology will continue to grow with Covenant and – tentatively – a couple of sequels more. Nor can we forget Blade Runner 2049, produced by the British and directed by the talented Denis Villeneuve.
The plans do not end here because now Scott wants to resume another of his greatest hits: Gladiator. For those who do not remember it, the film explores the tragic story of Maximus Decimus Meridius, a Roman general betrayed by the new emperor and forced to become a gladiator. The film received five Academy Awards in 2001, including Best Picture and Actor for Russell Crowe.
A sequel to ‘Gladiator’ is possible, even one starring the character of Russell Crowe, that Maximus, general put into a vindictive gladiator. That he died at the end of the film is not a problem. Ridley Scott has said so: “I know how to get him back.”
Ridley Scott, now 79, likes to go back in his tracks: sequels of ‘Alien’ here, a second part of ‘Blade Runner’ (directed by Denis Villeneuve, but produced by Scott) over there. What has worked before, can work again. And, for Jupiter, that ‘Gladiator’ worked: more than 457 million dollars at the world box office, five Oscars and the merit of resurrecting the peplum. Ridley Scott has just announced to Entertainment Weekly that he has a sequel to ‘Gladiator’ in Mind, starring Russell Crowe. This character died at the end of the first installment, but that would not be an obstacle: “I know how to make it come back. There’s a way; I told those in the studio. Crowe has changed a little since then, and he’s been very busy lately, but I’m trying to seduce him with this idea. ”
Recall that Maximus was stabbed to death by treason by the treacherous Commodus, who incarnated Joaquin Phoenix. Ridley Scott could have accepted the suggestion of the singer, writer, actor and also screenwriter Nick Cave, who imagined a somewhat rousing episode for ‘Gladiator’: pushed by the Roman gods, Maximus returns to Earth to fight the advance of Christianity, undertaking a Battle through the ages.
You can not yet know what idea Ridley Scott has in mind to bring Maximus back to life, although after the new ‘Blade Runner,’ a sequel to ‘Gladiator’ does not look like crazy, does it?