Ridley Scott begins work on sequel to Gladiator
Ridley Scott has begun work on a sequel to his hugely successful Roman epic Gladiator.
Released in 2000, the film starred Russell Crowe as Maximus, a former Roman General who sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.
It was nominated for 11 Oscars and won five, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Crowe, and grossed over $460 million at the box office.
According to Deadline, the story will focus on the continuing story of Lucius, the son of Connie Nielsen's character Lucilla.
Lucius was also the nephew of Commodus, played by Joaquin Phoenix, who killed Russell Crowe’s Maximus at the end of the film.
Peter Craig, writer on The Town and two Hunger Games films, as well as the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick, has been tasked by Scott to write the script.