If you were anywhere near a movie theater shortly after the turn of the century, then there should be no reason for me to explain just how awesome #RidleyScot's Gladiator was. It helped #RussellCrowe nab a Best Actor Oscar, and the movie won the top award, Best Picture, along with three other Oscars at the 2001 Academy Awards.
While sequels are almost a guarantee now with Hollywood blockbusters, Academy Award winners don't often get follow-up films, and #Gladiator was no exception. With a rock solid ending, where the fate of Crowe's Maximus was made clear, it wasn't a surprise that a sequel never happened.
Apparently, Sir Ridley has decided to turn a fine ending on its head, because we're one more step (albeit a very small step) away from that sequel.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly at #SXSW, Scott was asked about his long-rumored sequel, and he had this to spill:
“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.”
And...that was it.
Gladiator 2 news from the past:
- Gladiator Sequel Had Maximus Fighting in World War II? 5 Crazy Sequel Ideas We (Luckily) Never Got
- 10 Sequels that were announced, but never made.
- Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel? Superman Lives and 4 More Brilliant Films That We'll Never See
Did his idea have anything to do with Nick Cave's idea of Maximus venturing through the afterlife in a #Gladiator2? Or will he pull a Dean Winchester, and dig his way out of the afterlife, up out of his grave and rule Rome? Or at least eat some pie?
We just don't know. But he has an idea, people! Or he is a necromancer. Could go either way with Ridley Scott, really.
I guess we can live with that for now.
Feel free to discuss your renewed excitement about a possible Gladiator sequel with me in the comments! Or, just tell me your favorite kind of pie.