Having apparently decided that we are not, after all, entertained, legendary director Ridley Scott has apparently started work on a sequel to the Oscar-winning epic Gladiator, the film that showed us just how good Russell Crowe could look in a skirt.
The production is still in the very very early stages, and whether Scott sees it through to fruition may not be a sure thing, given that he’s also working on several other projects and is, not to put too fine a point on it, eighty years old. But it’s definitely in the works, and a script has been ordered from Peter Craig, who has recently penned a Top Gun sequel and Logan’s Run remake, and is apparently the go-to guy when you want to revive something the public doesn’t yet know it wants to see again.
Of course, the first nut for the writer of Gladiator 2 to crack will be the fact that in the first film, the titular gladiator, Crowe’s Maximus, was (SPOILER ALERT) killed. We can all breathe a sigh of relief that apparently the plan isn’t to bring him back to life or have Russ play a ghost. Instead the sequel will reportedly be the story of Lucius, the son of Lucilla and nephew of the evil Commodus, who will…become a gladiator too? I guess? Whatever the details, this is big news for anyone who watched Gladiator all those years ago and said, “that was great, but I’m itching to see what happened to whatshisname next”.