The Oscar Award winning Gladiator, a massive hit for Ridley Scott in 2000, spawned immediate talks of a sequel, but serious production plans moved forward last year as writer Peter Craig was reportedly attached to the project to write a script.
Now, producer Douglas Wick’s spoke with Comic Book with exciting news about a new film.
“Ridley would love to do it. It’s really all about getting something on paper.,” Wick said. “Everyone [involved with the original] loves the movie too much to ever consider cheaply exploiting it and making something that’s a shadow of it. It’s just really a clear creative problem, working on a script, and if we can ever get it to a place … Ridley’s working on it, it’s really just a question of whether we can get it to a place where it feels worthy to make it. It’s a real challenge.”
Connie Nielsen expressed her interest in reprising her role as Lucilla. One rumored story would reportedly be a spinoff for Lucilla’s son Lucius, although there hasn’t been any indication as to when production would actually go into affect.
Lucius was played by Unbreakable‘s Spencer Treat Clark in the original Gladiator, with Maximus connecting with the young boy and finding some of his humanity in the process.
While all of this is speculation, it’s even unclear if the same actor would be back to play the role, although Clark recently appeared in M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass, reprising his childhood role from Unbreakable.
Gladiator was nominated for twelve Oscars, winning five, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Crowe), Best Sound, Best Costume Design and Best Visual Effects.