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Writer Unveils Details From Rejected "Gladiator 2" Script

Posted: July 12th, 2013 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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After the success of "Gladiator," Russell Crowe and director Ridley Scott reached out to musician/writer Nick Cave (Lawless, The Proposition) to write the script for a sequel. Crowe loved the script, but the studio eventually rejected it.

But now, Cave has revealed what his script contained. He said: "[Crowe] rang me up and asked if I wanted to write 'Gladiator 2.' For someone who had only written one film script, it was quite an ask. 'Hey Russell, didn't you die in 'Gladiator 1'?' 'Yeah, you sort that out.' So, [Maximus] goes to purgatory and is sent down by the gods, who are dying in heaven because there's this one god, there's this Christ character down on Earth who is gaining popularity and the many gods are dying, so they send Gladiator back to kill Christ and his followers."

Cave continued: "I wanted to call it 'Christ Killer.' And in the end you find out that [he was tricked by the gods]. [The Christ character] was his son, so he has to kill his son. He becomes this eternal warrior and it ends with this 20 minute war scene which follows all the wars in history, right up to Vietnam."

Other scenes show Maximus leading tanks in the second world war and even working at modern-day Pentagon.

Source: NME

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pornfly writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 7:06:17 AM

In June 2001, Douglas Wick said a Gladiator prequel was in development.
The following year, Wick, Walter Parkes, David Franzoni, and John Logan switched direction to a sequel set fifteen years later;[75] the Praetorian Guards rule Rome and an older Lucius is trying to learn who his real father was.

However, Russell Crowe was interested in resurrecting Maximus, and further researched Roman beliefs about the afterlife to accomplish this.
Ridley Scott expressed interest, although he admitted the project would have to be retitled as it had little to do with gladiators

An easter egg contained on disc 2 of the extended edition / special edition DVD releases includes a discussion of possible scenarios for a follow-up.
This includes a suggestion by Walter F. Parkes that, in order to enable Russell Crowe to return to play Maximus, who dies at the end of the original movie, a sequel could involve a "multi-generational drama about Maximus and the Aureleans and this chapter of Rome", similar in concept to The Godfather Part II.

In 2006, Scott stated he and Crowe approached Nick Cave to rewrite the film, but they had conflicted with DreamWorks's idea of a Lucius spin-off, who Scott revealed would turn out to be Maximus' son with Lucilla.
He noted this tale of corruption in Rome was too complex, whereas Gladiator worked due to its simple drive.
In 2009, details of Cave's ultimately rejected script surfaced on the internet, suggesting that Maximus would be reincarnated by the Roman gods and returned to Rome to defend Christians against persecution; he would then be transported to other important periods in history, including World War II, the Vietnam War, and finally playing a general in the modern-day Pentagon.
timothy archer writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 7:09:36 AM

it's f*cking ridiculous.
Taco writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 7:18:31 AM

Head hurts......too much stupid in that script idea.
minkowski writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 7:19:43 AM

Nick Cave is a f*cking retard.

That is all.
pornfly writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 7:30:54 AM

Crowe loved the script

He also loves his own music
And he still has that mole on his face

biniwoo writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 7:49:47 AM

Nick Cave can sell(=give) that to Uwe Boll. He'd be delighted
minkowski writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 8:03:31 AM

Worst. Script. Ever.

---Comic Book Guy.
SACdaddy writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 8:10:30 AM

Would this have been any worse than Prometheus?
darthnoah writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 8:17:01 AM

If this wasn't a sequel to Gladiator, I wouldn't mind watching it. The Proposition was really good. Haven't seen Lawless. Shia LeDoof is too much of a pain.

Nick Cave has great music and some good books. The Proposition was great and totally up for another. But something else please.. something else..
Jakey Nightmare writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 8:22:14 AM

What the f*ck. this totally ripped off God of War. kratos was sent down to earth and was tricked by the gods, f*ck the sequal and get on with a GOW movie.
Rambo writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 8:51:23 AM

they should have made a prequel called 'Maximus' about his days as a general in the roman army - that(the first act 'Gladiator)was anyhow the best part of the movie.
on July 12th, 2013 at 9:30:41 AM

Gladiator deleted scene
maximus versus baby rhino

BadChadB33 writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 9:31:05 AM

^ truth
HerrGeneral writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 10:24:58 AM

I hope Joel Schumacher shoot this soon, the script sound fantastic
CelluloidMan writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 12:08:41 PM

I think the Gladiator prequel would give more fruit, IMO. I always liked, at the beginning, how he was such a strong leader...I totally bought that. But how to shoe-horn Crowe?! How to still appeal to the violent/ love story that many liked so much?! Plus, Crowe IS Maximus, anyone else would muck it up or not accepted by the audience....he is so attached to the character that no one would be able to fill the shoes...

If I was a studio hack, I'd pitch a origins story putting a young, solid actor to play Maximus 1/3 of the movie of how he became from a farmer to a soldier while hinting at his love interest (who eveyone just saw murdered in part 1). It would be an interesting tale what actually happened between him and Lucilla (Lucius being Maximus' son is a nice twist), how he ends with his wife, how he bonds with his men while beating Roman corruption, and climaxing the story of how he became general ultimately ending with a montage of his victories and setting up his last campaign leading to the beginning of the original.

That way, you revive the character, give the Roman, violent battle-action and is still a love-story driven movie...like the original, but in a different context...and BAM!! Everyone wins.

Yeah, I'd pay to see that...
Zeroguy writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 12:55:09 PM

Amazing script and Nick Cave is a genius.
But this should not have sequel. They should make it it's own story. Gladiator was a sh*t film and fans of it probably dont want a sequel.
KillerCOck writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 1:11:57 PM

I'd watch it.
pornfly writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 2:24:25 PM

It guess ZEROGUY was not entertained
pornfly writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 2:24:48 PM

I guess
Patrick Bateman writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 3:12:27 PM

are you not entertained?
Dre-EL writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 3:15:47 PM

thank heaven that didn't see the light of day
coldplayesence writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 4:25:33 PM

Let me guess, to sort it out he changed Maximus' name to Kratos, right?
Champ1432 writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 6:48:57 PM

I liked Gladiator, I don't think I would have liked this. First of all, it sounds like it should be its own separate story completely, not a sequel. Second of all, it sounds preposterous.
WV-Films writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 6:58:03 PM

God of War called. They want their.....oh f*ck it. I'm too tired.
Nihilus writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 7:48:08 PM

f*ckIN' AMAZING!!!
I wish this movie had been made.
minkowski writes:
on July 12th, 2013 at 11:21:43 PM

I think the people who think this premise sounds awesome haven't actually read the premise...

Probably one of the worst film ideas I've ever encountered, and yes I did take into account Sharknado.
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on July 13th, 2013 at 12:56:04 AM


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