Ridley Scott reveals Gladiator sequel is currently 'being written'

Ridley Scott reveals Gladiator sequel is currently ‘being written’

  • Director Ridley Scott has revealed a sequel to the epic 2000 film Gladiator is currently being written
  • Scott said the movie will be ‘ready to go’ once he has finished filming his movie about French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte, Kitbag
  • It was previously rumoured that the sequel would follow Lucius (Spencer Treat Clark), the son of Lucilla (Connie Nielson) and nephew of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) 
  • Gladiator garnered an impressive 11 Oscar nominations and five wins including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell Crowe, whose character met an untimely death at the end of the film 

Ridley Scott has revealed a sequel to the epic 2000 film Gladiator is currently being written and will be ‘ready to go’ once he has finished making his movie about French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte, Kitbag.

‘I’m having [the next] Gladiator written now,’ Scott said in an interview with Empire. ‘So when I’ve done Napoleon, Gladiator will be ready to go.’

It was reported in 2018 that a sequel was in the works, and Russell’s co-star Connie Nielsen confirmed in 2020 that it was still going ahead, subject to Sir Ridley Scott’s ‘very tight schedule.’

‘Gladiator will be ready to go’: Ridley Scott has revealed a sequel to the epic 2000 film Gladiator is currently being written and will be ‘ready to go’ once he has finished making his movie about French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte

It has been reported that the film will follow Lucius (Spencer Treat Clark), the son of Lucilla (Nielson) and nephew of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix).

In 2019, producers revealed the film would be set 25 to 30 years after the events of the original epic.

This timeline suggests a sequel would pick up with Lucius as a young adult, but it is unknown whether Spencer would return to the role. 

Speaking to Hey U Guys, Men in Black producer Laurie MacDonald said: ‘We’re working with Ridley. That’s one we wouldn’t touch unless we felt in a way to do it was legitimate.

‘I’m having [the next] Gladiator written now’: Scott told Empire a script for the sequel was currently in the works; pictured September 2021

‘We’re working with an amazing writer as well, Peter Craig.’

Her husband, producer Walter F. Parkes, added: ‘It picks up the story 30 years later… 25 years later.’

Both Walter and Laurie worked as executive producers on the original Gladiator film, which starred Russell Crowe as Maximus, in 2000.

The plot thickens: It was previously rumoured that the film would follow Lucius (Spencer Treat Clark), the son of Lucilla (Connie Nielson) and nephew of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix)

The film garnered an impressive 11 Oscar nominations and five wins including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell, whose character met an untimely death at the end of the film. 

Russell admitted he almost turned down Gladiator, but as soon as producer Walter Parkes told him Scott was at the helm, he was intrigued enough to open talks.

He said: ‘I’d read the script and I thought it wasn’t a movie. But then Parkes said, “It’s 184 A.D., you’re a Roman general, and you’re going to be directed by Ridley Scott.”

Action-packed: The film garnered an impressive 11 Oscar nominations and five wins including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell, whose character met an untimely death at the end of the film

‘And that was enough for me to want to talk to Ridley.’

Gladiator producer Doug Wick previously said making a sequel was proving to be a challenge as nobody wanted to make another film just for the sake of it.

He told ComicBook.com in 2020: ‘Ridley would love to do it. It’s really all about getting something on paper.

‘Everyone [involved with the original] loves the movie too much to ever consider cheaply exploiting it and making something that’s a shadow of it.

‘It’s just really a clear creative problem, working on a script, and if we can ever get it to a place… Ridley’s working on it, it’s really just a question of whether we can get it to a place where it feels worthy to make it. It’s a real challenge.’

‘It’s a real challenge’: Gladiator producer Doug Wick previously said making a sequel was proving to be a challenge as nobody wanted to make another film just for the sake of it

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