Last year, it was announced that Ridley, was set to direct a follow-up to his 2000 historical epic, adapting a script written by Peter Craig whose next film is the forthcoming Top Gun sequel.
Speaking to HeyUGuys during the press tour for man in black international producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald confirmed the Gladiator sequel is still happening.
There have been rumours for some time now claiming the plot of the new movie willcentre on Lucius, son of Lucilla (played by Connie Nielson in the original) and nephew of Commodus (Joacquin Pheonix) – which could make sense if the second instalment leaps forward two decades and presents us with a new generation of characters.
Parkes added: “It picks up the story 30 years later.” He then corrected himself, saying: “25 years later.”
The first film was a huge success critically and commercially, grabbing a clutch of awards and pulling in $460m worldwide, meaning many fans have been begging for a sequel ever since its release in 2000.
Back in 2017, shortly after the release of Alien: Covenant, Scott fuelled the fire by revealing that not only was he keen on the idea of a sequel, but that he also had plans of bringing Crowe back, despite the fact he was killed off in the first film.And no, that isn’t a spoiler, because the damn thing is 19 years old.”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
“We’re working with Ridley,” MacDonald said. ”That’s one we wouldn’t touch unless we felt in a way to do it was legitimate. We’re working with an amazing writer as well – Peter Craig.”