Ridley Scott wants to make Gladiator sequel; says he knows how to bring Maximus back
Gladiator director Ridley Scott has said that he wishes to make a sequel of the 2000 film, which eventually won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
In an interview to Entertainment Weekly at the South by South West Film Fest, Scott said this, “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.”
Apparently, rumours of this sequel have been floating around for years now, but the prospect seemed unlikely, considering that Russel Crowe's character Maximus, the protagonist of Gladiator, dies at the end of the film. It is unclear if Scott intends to use a script written by Nick Cave in 2009, commissioned by Crowe which would feature Maximus traversing through the afterlife.
Apart from winning the Oscar for Best Picture, it also won Crowe an Oscar award for Best Actor. The film also bagged four BAFTAs and two Golden Globes. Along with Crowe, Gladiator also starred Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou and Richard Harris and featured music by Hans Zimmer. It is set in the Hispano-Roman culture, although the titular protagonist is fictional.