Gladiator 2 Budget Soars High
Cap- Gladiator 2 Budget Goes Past Its Initial Budget (Photo Credit – IMDb)

Gladiator 2 by Ridley Scott is the sequel to 2000’s Gladiator by Ridley Scott. The historical drama stars Paul Mescal, Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Joseph Quinn, Djimon Hounsou, and more. The sequel is coming out after over two decades, and its budget has increased exponentially and has surpassed The Avengers. Keep scrolling for more.

The first historical drama had Russell Crowe in the lead, featuring Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielson, Tomas Arana, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, John Shrapnel, Richard Harris, and Tommy Flanagan. The film suffered a few complications after Oliver Reed passed away before the production was finished. It was about a former Roman General who set out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.

Ridley Scott’s Gladiator 2 is under Paramount Studios and has expanded drastically. According to The Hollywood Reporter’s source, the film started with an estimated budget of $165 million, but it is now close to a whopping $310 million, more than the MCU flick The Avengers [2012]. For the unversed, The Avengers was made on a reported budget of $220 million. The story will revolve around an adult, Lucius Verus, portrayed by Paul Mescal. Spencer Treat Clarke previously played it. As per Scott, Lucius had been living in the wilderness, and 15 years have passed since the events of the 2000 movie, and even Lucius’ mother believes him to be dead.

As per the media outlet, Gladiator 2’s net cost for a 49-day shoot was allegedly under $250 million. The source claimed, “It’s a runaway,” says one source. “It’s not being managed.” The Hollywood strikes cost a lot of many it is, around $600K to $10 million. The filming was resumed in December. The sequel, too, faced a lot of problems. For example, some of the crew members were hospitalized due to non-life-threatening burn injuries during a stunt, and PETA allegedly sent a letter to the director for abusing animals on the set.

As per Box Office Mojo, the budget for the first Gladiator movie was $103 million. It earned $465.38 million worldwide.

Gladiator 2, led by Paul Mescal, is expected to hit the theatres in November 2024.

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