Whispers about this have been circling for years, but it appears that a Gladiator sequel is now officially on the way.
Ridley Scott, at age 83, has been working non-stop over the last few years. The Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louis and Black Hawk Down filmmaker has two films set for release this year alone: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Jodie Comer epic The Last Duel, and Lady Gaga and Adam Driver drama House of Gucci.
Next up, Scott will be filming a Napoleon epic, Kitbag, with Joaquin Phoenix playing the French military and political leader. And after that, Gladiator 2.
Talking to Empire, Scott confirmed that he had lined up a sequel to the Russell Crowe picture. “I’m already having [the next] Gladiator written now,” Scott said. “So when I’ve done Napoleon, Gladiator will be ready to go.”
With a screenplay by Peter Craig (The Town, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Parts 1 & 2, The Batman), the still-untitled sequel will be picking up around 25 years after the events of Gladiator – as producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald confirmed to HeyUGuys back in 2019. The sequel’s plot, as has been reported over the years, will follow a grown-up Lucius, the son of Connie Nielsen’s Lucilla and nephew to Joaquin Phoenix’s villainous Commodus in the first film. Spencer Treat Clark played the character as a boy in the original. We’ll see if this is the plot that eventuates.
Released in 2000 (yeah, somehow, it’s been over two decades!), Gladiator was met with both box office and critical success. The film drew $US460.5 million worldwide from a budget of around $103 million and was awarded five Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor for Crowe, Best Costume Design, Best Sound, and Best Effects/Visual Effects.
Fingers firmly crossed Scott and co. deliver here.