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Gladiator 2
Directed byRidley Scott
Produced by
Screenplay byPeter Craig
Based on
Scott Free Productions
Parkes + Macdonald
Red Wagon
Distributed byParamount Pictures
CountryUnited States

Gladiator 2 is an upcoming American historical drama film, directed by Ridley Scott and sequel to the 2000 film of the same name.


The continuing story of Lucius.



In June 2001, Douglas Wick said a Gladiator prequel was in development.[1] The following year, Wick, Walter Parkes, David Franzoni, and John Logan switched direction to a sequel set fifteen years later;[2] the Praetorian Guards rule Rome and an older Lucius is trying to learn who his real father was. However, Russell Crowe was interested in resurrecting Maximus, and further researched Roman beliefs about the afterlife to accomplish this.[3] Ridley Scott expressed interest, although he admitted the project would have to be retitled as it had little to do with gladiators.[4] An easter egg contained on disc 2 of the extended edition / special edition DVD releases includes a discussion of possible scenarios for a follow-up. This includes a suggestion by Parkes that, in order to enable Russell Crowe to return to play Maximus, who dies at the end of the original movie, a sequel could involve a "multi-generational drama about Maximus and the Aureleans and this chapter of Rome", similar in concept to The Godfather Part II.

In 2006, Scott stated he and Crowe approached Nick Cave to rewrite the film, but their ideas conflicted with DreamWorks's idea of a spin-off involving Lucius, whom Scott revealed would turn out to be Maximus's son with Lucilla. Scott noted that a tale of corruption in Rome was too complex, whereas Gladiator worked due to its simple drive.[5] In 2009, details of Cave's ultimately-rejected script surfaced on the internet: the script having Maximus being reincarnated by the Roman gods and returned to Rome to defend Christians against persecution; then transported to other important periods in history, including World War II, the Vietnam War, and finally being a general in the modern-day Pentagon. This script for a sequel, however, was rejected as being too far-fetched, and not in keeping with the spirit and theme of the original film.[6][7] In March 2017, Scott again stated that he has an idea of how a sequel could be done, and that he is currently trying to convince Russell Crowe to reprise his role as Maximus.[8]

By November 2018, it was announced that Paramount Pictures is developing a sequel, which Universal has the option to co-finance, with Scott returning as director and Peter Craig writing the script and Parkes and MacDonald will produce the movie.[9]


  1. ^ Stax (June 16, 2001), "IGN FilmForce Exclusive: David Franzoni in Negotiations for Another Gladiator!", IGN, retrieved August 23, 2019
  2. ^ Brian Linder (September 24, 2002), "A Hero Will Rise ... Again", IGN, retrieved August 23, 2019
  3. ^ Stax (December 17, 2002), "A Hero Will Rise – From the Dead!", IGN, retrieved August 23, 2019
  4. ^ Stax (September 11, 2003), "Ridley Talks Gladiator 2", IGN, retrieved August 23, 2019
  5. ^ Scott Weinberg (May 8, 2006), "Ridley Lays "Gladiator 2" to Rest – Rotten Tomatoes", Rottentomatoes, retrieved August 23, 2019
  6. ^ Michaels, Sean (May 6, 2009). "Nick Cave's rejected Gladiator 2 script uncovered!". The Guardian. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  7. ^ Nick Cave (16 May 2010), "Gladiator 2 Draft", mypdfscripts, retrieved 23 August 2019
  8. ^ "Ridley Scott On 'Gladiator' Sequel: 'I Know How to Bring Him Back'". Entertainment Weekly. 11 March 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  9. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (1 November 2018). "Ridley Scott Moving Forward With 'Gladiator 2'; Peter Craig To Write Script For Paramount". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 23, 2019.

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