Ridley Scott appears to be in the stage of his filmmaking career where he wants to resurrect all of his old movies. His next film, Alien: Covenant, is out this May and he’s serving as a producer on Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, a film that no one thought would ever actually get made. But Gladiator? We like the 2000 Best Picture winner as much as the next person, but considering its lead character Maximus, played by Russell Crowe, dies at the end, it’s hard to imagine how a sequel would work.
Well, it turns out that Scott already has a solution in mind for that. As he tells EW:
“I know how to bring him back…I was having this talk with the studio — ‘but he’s dead.’ But there is a way of bringing him back. Whether it will happen I don’t know. Gladiator was 2000, so Russell’s changed a little bit. He’s doing something right now but I’m trying to get him back down here.”
Indeed, Russell Crowe has changed a bit in the fact that he is now 17 years older than he was when he originally played Maximus, but we’re more intrigued in just what this “solution” to bringing him back might be. Is Scott referring to the bonkers script drafted up by Nick Cave back in 2009? You know, the one that envisioned Maximus travelling across time to work for the Pentagon in the present day? We kind of hope so, as it’s hard to imagine any other Gladiator sequel being as captivating as the one outlined in that script, which is a thing that actually exists.