Last November, we found out that Gladiator is getting a sequel, with original director Ridley Scott at the helm.
Deadline reported that the movie would be written by Peter Craig, whose writing credits include The Town, two of the Hunger Games films, and the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick. Now we've found out some more details, including how exactly the timeline will work out - something which fans have been puzzled by, since Maximus died at the end of the last one...Here's the trailer for the 2000 classic:
Recently, two of the producers let slip a little nugget of info from the notoriously-secretive project. Walter F Parkes and Laurie MacDonald were being interviewed about the upcoming Men In Black: International, when they were asked about the Gladiator sequel.
MacDonald and Parkes, who both worked on the original Gladiator back in 2000 as executive producers, spoke with HeyUGuys about the new movie.
"We’re working with Ridley," MacDonald confirmed in the interview. "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."
Parkes then added: "It picks up the story 30 years later… 25 years later."
It has been rumoured that the plot of the movie will revolve around Lucius, the now fully-grown son of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen) and the nephew of Joaquin Phoenix's Commodus. This is a long way from a previous script pitched for the sequel, which involved time travel and Maximus travelling through the underworld.