In a world where Hollywood seems eager to mine every successful property for reboots, spinoffs, and sequels, we shouldn’t be surprised that this happened. According to a report by Deadline director Ridley Scott has begun the process in developing a sequel to academy award winning, and beloved 2000 film, Gladiator.
According to the report Scott will continue the story in Gladiator 2 with Lucius, the son of Lucilla, who was the nephew of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix). In the 2000 film, Lucius and his mother Lucilla are saved by Maximus (Russell Crowe) and in doing so this act left a very strong impression on Lucius.
Now, while many would be quick to think this sounds terrible, don’t do it. This story is better than what Scott was rumored to be doing with the property a few years ago when he was planning on resurrecting Maximus (spoiler alert for the 18 year old movie, he dies), and continuing the story with the original gladiator, Russell Crowe once again in the leading role.
So, yea, could be worse. However, is it needed? We will have to find the answer to that for ourselves once the movie hits theaters. At this time there is no expected release date.
What do you think of a Gladiator 2? Will you go out and see it, or no matter what going to avoid it? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.