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Ridley Scott plans ‘Gladiator’ sequel? January 5, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Movies Life.

Ridley Scott has admitted that he is considering making a sequel to his hit film Gladiator, despite the fact that the ending of the film seems unquestionably definite.

The director originally attempted to get a follow-up to the epic Roman drama in production in 2003, but after failing once he now seems ready to try again, provided he can get the original actor to return to the role of General Maximus Decimus Meridius.

According to Contactmusic, Scott commented: “I will probably do a sequel to Gladiator. The only problem is Russell Crowe was such a powerful presence and, of course, Maximus dies at the end. We’ll have to get Russell back somehow.”

Chalk this down as speculative, bordering on the wildly improbable. But Springboard, the UK casting site, via Filmstalker, have put out a casting call for a sequel to Ridley Scott’s 2000 multi-Oscar juggernaut “Gladiator”.

The sequel to Gladiator is due for a hopeful release date in late 2006 / early 2007. Filming will most likely take place in Athens, Greece and the UK. The film will be based around Roman politics, senators, generals and praetorian guards and not so much focus on the gladiators.

Scott himself has expressed an interest in a follow-up in the past, featuring a zombie Maximus? But the time line towards release here seems improbable, under the best of circumstances. But just to be on the safe side, perhaps you should send in your portfolio, and get fitted for a toga.

The question becomes is Gladiator 2 really coming? Perhaps, but I question it since its 2007 and the note says 2006 is when filming could start. Who knows, but to me I wont be putting to much merit in this just yet.

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