Everyone was excited to the core when producer Doug Wick dropped the hint of Gladiator 2, earlier this year. And why not, who wouldn’t love to witness the sequel of 2000’s blockbuster cult. But now, the lead actor Russell Crowe has himself opened up about the speculated second instalment.
To the disappointment of the fans, Russell Crowe said, “I haven’t talked to Doug in a long, long time. Last time I talked to Doug, he said he had this great idea where Maximus gets carried from the stadium and they pull back this big rock and he gets put into this cave and then the rock closes over and he’s anointed with oils. And then the rock opens up and he comes out. And I said, ‘Doug, I don’t think we have the rights to that story.’ But that was a long, long time ago and I don’t think he appreciated my sense of humour at the time.”
Russell Crowe was talking with ScreenRant.
Meanwhile, speaking about the possible sequel to Gladiator, producer Douglas Wick had said, “Ridley Scott (director of Gladiator) 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,” as per the report in ComicBook.com.
“But it’s also a real writing problem, too. Like any good movie, Gladiator works by the skin of its teeth, where this fight movie ends up adding up that way, and so, again, to take the best of what the audience is attached to, but make it fresh in some new incarnation, it’s really challenging. And, of course, the leading man is dead. If you do Godfather, you say, ‘Okay, the audience loves these stars in this wardrobe,’ and you bring back the old team,” Russell Crowe added.